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Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement
Improves Student Achievement

Support 100% Attendance
Some kinds of absences are unavoidable, but taking students out of school unnecessarily is disruptive for learning and reduces chances for success.

Chronic absenteeism is an outcome of frequently missing on school days either by arriving late, departing early or being absent from school days. You can promote strong attendance patterns by reinforcing with your child the importance of being at school every day and on time. Students need to be present to learn.

Encourage personal best
Help your child by encouraging them to do the best in school and at home. Remember, personal best does not mean perfect, and learning is not the same as high grades.

Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Make learning a priority
Your attitude towards school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting
impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.

Schedule study time
Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.

Show interest in school work

  • Talk about school each day.
  • Ask to see class work.
  • Have your child read aloud to you.
  • Show appreciation for good efforts.
  • Read to and with your child from a variety of material.
  • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.

Make direct contact with the school
Try to make early and positive contact with your child’s teacher. Visit the school or phone your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Offer suggestions for success
Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:

  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary.
  • Review notes before a test.
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before completing a final draft.

Help set goals
At the beginning of each term, help your child identify three or four goals. Put the goals where they can be
frequently seen. (The refrigerator is always an excellent spot.) Make sure the goals are specific.

Get involved
Attend school activities such as information nights, parent/teacher interviews and School Council meetings.
When your children see you involved, they will also see education as a high priority. Encourage your child
to join school clubs, teams or activities.

When YOU value education, your CHILD values education.