As an educator and a parent, the beginning of each new school year brings both excitement and challenges. It is very important for students to start the school year on the right foot and as a parent, there are proactive steps you can take to support your child as he or she heads back to school. As we complete the first few weeks of school, here are a few ideas to keep both students and parents from feeling overwhelmed and to keep the positive momentum going.
• Visit the school and meet your child’s teacher(s). If there are issues that may impact your child at school, make sure to share this information with the teacher(s) and if necessary, the building principal.
• Review the school routine with your child. Talk about catching the bus, going to after-school care, and any extra-curricular activities. Make sure your child and his or her teacher(s) are aware of any changes in the normal after-school routine. This is best accomplished through a note to the teacher.
• Show your children how to get and stay organized. Children who are organized find it much easier to succeed in school. One of the best ways to teach organizational skills is through example. Show your children how to use such organizational tools as assignment pads, calendars, notebooks, binders, and backpacks.
• Prepare for school the night before: Before going to bed, make sure everything your child needs for the next school day is ready to go. Younger children may need your help to go through their backpack. Make sure any notes that need a parent signature are signed and placed back in the backpack and completed homework, lunch money, and other school supplies are packed up and ready to go.
• Attend school functions and stay involved in your child’s education. Research shows that children whose parents are more involved in their education are better adjusted, less likely to drop out, and have higher academic achievement.
• If you notice your child having any difficulties with school assignments or with social issues, be sure to contact your child’s teacher. Problems and issues that are addressed in a timely fashion are usually easier to successfully solve.
We want you and your child to have a happy and successful school year. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.