2015 New Year’s Resolution:
I will stay more connected to my children
and to their school
We love the clean slate of a brand new year. The holidays are behind us, the kids are back in school – the New Year brings an opportunity to recommit to staying more connected to your children and to their school.
Well-informed, engaged parents make a vital difference in helping students and schools succeed. When families, schools and communities work as partners, student achievement is boosted and children are better prepared to lead happy and productive lives. Here are a few tips for connecting families and schools:
- Ask questions about school activities. Ask “What are three new things you learned today?” rather than “How was school?”
- If possible, try to set aside just 15 minutes to go to your child’s school, visit your child’s classroom or talk briefly with the teacher. Learn more about your rights as a parent.
- Attend the next PTA meeting. Just showing up is the first step to staying connected!
- Encourage your friends and family to join PTA. The simple act of joining your local PTA strengthens our voice in speaking up on behalf of children and families.
- Learn more about family-school partnerships and how they can boost your student’s achievement.
- Get engaged in key education issues such as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) and the new Common Core State Standards.
- Check out our quick tips for staying connected with middle- and high-school students