How do you encourage your students to come to school every day? What we've been doing at my school is posting a sign that reads: Perfect Attendance in bubble-letters. When there is 100% attendance we color in one letter. Once all of the letters are colored in our principal treats the class to a popsicle party during lunch. The students look forward to coloring in a letter and filling up the whole sheet. Some years I'll fill out 3 sheets in a year, some years it takes a year to fill out one.
Our counselors track students with poor attendance and then teachers make a positive phone call home. For students who need more encouragement we send letters from the principal, and eventually from the superintendent. Our school is "tops" in our district for good attendance rates.
What does your school do to encourage attendance?