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In Pursuit of a Successful School Year

As teachers/staff, parents and principal, we all share a common goal.  We want our students to realize their potential, have the confidence to achieve it, and persevere to reach their goals.  Equally important, we want our students to recognize the value of working together and helping fellow students to reach their respective goals.

Many factors affect a child’s academic success in school.  However, researchers agree that the greater the collaboration between parents and teachers, and the greater the involvement of parents in their child’s education, the more success a student has in school.  Here are seven suggested recommendations to help parents provide even greater support for their children:

1. Establish a daily family routine for your child.  Set times to complete homework, do chores, read, play and go to bed.  Established routines will help your child to manage time, set priorities, and fulfill responsibilities.

2. Monitor out-of-school activities by setting rules for school nights and limiting the amount of television watched.  Make an effort to know what your child is doing between the time he/she gets out of school and when you get home from work.

3. Attend school events, which involve your child and model the value of school, learning, self-discipline, and hard work.  Through conversations and questions, communicate with your child to help them understand that hard work and determination are keys to achieving success.

4. Express high but realistic expectations for achievement.  Help your child set goals that are appropriate for the child’s age and maturity.  Recognize and encourage your child’s special talents.  Talk about the successes, or allow your child to overhear you telling your family and friends about his/her accomplishments.

5. Maintain a warm, caring, and supportive home to encourage learning.  Showing interest in your child’s homework and projects can do this.  Maintain regular contact with your child’s teacher to stay informed of your child’s progress and to see how you can help.

6. Read and discuss interesting topics and issues within the family.  Such family activities can include reading to your child, listening to your child read to you, talking about ideas and current events, sharing dreams, or discussing problems.

7. Use family, school, and community resources to strengthen your child’s school performance.  Enrolling your child in extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, music lessons, or art classes can do this.

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; Staying together is progress; Working together is success.”  Let us make it a successful year for our children.