ATTENDANCE MATTERS. As we approach this holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. Its tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they're excused absences can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.