takes a village to raise a child.”-African Proverb
does take a village…..
On that note, I would like to point out that my sincere enthusiasm in parental involvement is not one that promotes begging
for services. I respect that everyone has their own lives, agendas, and schedules. I realize that all parents would like to
be with their children often, and would like to point out the many ways that they can contribute. By being involved in a child’s
school, it is giving the child a sense of pride. It is giving them a feeling of belonging and a feeling of priority in learning.
This is very important and I encourage all parts of a family, not just moms and dads to join us in these types of activities:
o Teacher’s Aide
o Reading to children at the beginning of the day as they arrive
o Help to plan field trips and chaperone
o Handyman skills – for building projects or help with school repair and upkeep!
o Cooking skills, art skills, technical skills, for school events, and classroom projects I always
welcome a hand there!
o Spread the word about volunteering
o Participate, facilitate the afternoon activities
o Create Welcome packets for new families
o Help with the Book Fairs
o Do a Career presentation
o Help with Fundraising
are only a few ways that a parent can contribute their time! I welcome any new ideas, as well as thoughts on this!
I think that the communication between teacher and the family of a student is very important. The more we know about
each other and our interactions with the student, the better equipped we are to help the student grow.
I plan to have constant open communication with parents. They will always have my home number, email, and mailing
address as forms of contact. If pick-up and drop-off times are difficult for you, I would be happy to create a notebook to
send home notes in about a student’s day in school!
I believe in scheduling parent-teacher conferences regularly, and will periodically send home a report on
the student’s academic and developmental successes!