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Back to School Tips For Parents

By September 3, 2011July 26th, 2021Archives, Editor's Note
Back to School
 
It’s that time again. Children across the Nation are back in school and preparing to embark on a productive school year. Each year, the need to perform at greater academics standards is paramount. Schools are required to meet targets set forth by their respective jurisdictions and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). To be your child’s greatest supporter, a few tips are outlined below. These tips will ensure a smooth transition into the new year and support academic gains.
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!
School Supplies
 
Ensure that your child has all of his or her school supplies. Always buy the basics: pencils, red pens, composition notebooks, paper, crayons or colored pencils, calculator, and a notebook for organization. Though some of these will vary per level and districts, ensuring that your child is always stocked with the basics is a great step towards academic success.
Parental Involvement
 
Become an active parent. Being an active parents means responding and being available to the needs of the classroom or school. Parental involvement may be outlined by your school’s PTA or school council but there are needs per individual classroom as well. By showing your child that you have an invested interest in their education, increases their interest in academic performance.
Communication
 
Communicating with the school and your child’s teacher is ultimately your responsibility. Always update your contact information including email. Because the duties and responsibilities of schools and teachers are ever increasing, have multiple modes of communication to ensure that you receive pertinent information is important. Moreover, when speaking with school personnel, maintain a professional demeanor and tone. Teachers are professionals and should be treated in the same regard as your doctor, dentist, or other professional. Disrupting the lines of communication is detrimental to academic processes.
Do Your Homework
 
Identify and understand what is being taught and the overall expectations. Every state has a State Department of Education, district site, and most schools have websites. Become familiar with the general curricula so that you can provide supporting activities for your child. Academics are more than a 6.5 hour day. Expose them to culture and age appropriate artifacts within your city.
Health is Wealth
 
Last but not least, maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ensure that your child has an annual physical, has access to healthy foods, support physical activities, proper rest, and most importantly mental/emotional health.
I am wishing all of you a productive school year.
For individual and specific support, please contact me.

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