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November is Family Involvement Month

posted Nov 3, 2015, 3:11 PM by Sharon James   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM ]
There are many ways to get involved in your child’s education at school and at home. Remember, when parents get involved and stay involved, all students achieve at higher levels. To help parents and families stay involved in education, we want to share with you a few simple ways to stay engaged. 

Volunteer at School-
Schools often send home lists of various ways that parents can volunteer. If they don’t, let your child’s teachers, principal, or counselors know your special skills and ask what you can do to help.

Show Your Child That You Care-
Have a conversation with your child about school and homework regularly. Ask specific questions that inform you about your child’s day. Know what classes your child is taking, who your child’s friends are, and other essential information.

Keep In Touch With The School-
Get to know your child’s teachers, principal, counselors and school’s parent involvement coordinator. Make it a point to stay in contact with them throughout the school year.

Express High Educational Expectations-
Encourage your child to take challenging courses and monitor your child’s academic performance (homework, grades, and test scores) throughout the year. Emphasize effort and achievement.

Attend School Meetings, Functions & Events-
Make time to attend parent-teacher conferences, parent fairs, curriculum nights, award ceremonies and other school events. Your attendance and support matters to your child.

Seek Out Information-
Request a meeting with your child’s teacher regarding any aspect of your child’s education. If you have other questions, ask the school by calling or sending a note so they can link you with the appropriate person who can respond to your needs.

Be An Active Part of Decision Making Committees-
Participate in parent or school leadership organizations. Ask your school about the Parent Teacher Association or Parent Teacher Organization, school council, parent advisory committee or other parent organizations and then join one.

Make School Important-
Talk positively about school with your child. Send your child prepared for school each day with pens, pencils, notebooks, and homework completed. Make school a priority by ensuring they are at school every day and arrive on time.

Be Seen At School-
Arrange a visit to your child’s classroom, have lunch with your child at school, or visit the Parent Center. Your presence matters and shows the school that you are invested in your child’s education.

Be Informed and Responsive-
Ask, collect, read, and respond, if needed, to all information (school policies, field trip information, student handbook, etc.) that is sent from your child’s school or teacher. If you need to receive information in a language other than English, call or visit the school.

Visit Your School's Website-
Access all kinds of information, including homework assignments, class schedules, lesson plans, test dates, and grades on your child’s school website. If you don’t know your school’s Website, ask your child’s teacher or the school. Find your school division or school using these tools:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/families/families/index.shtml

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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM
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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM
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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM
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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM
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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM
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Sharon James,
Aug 14, 2016, 4:28 PM