Bel Air E.S. Family,
We have sped through the beginning of the year and are now into the second month of 2017! As a parent of an elementary school student and a high school student, I am learning (daily) how to strengthen them as learners and productive citizens in their schools and in their community. I read an article at https://parents.nea.org that spoke about how to help our children do well in school and I felt the following was good advice for me and wanted to share it with you, as well:
As a parent, you play a major role in setting your child up for academic success. When you’re present and engaged at home and at your child’s school you are the best advocate to ensure that your child receives a quality education. Here’s what you can do to help make sure your child lives up to his or her potential in the classroom.
Creating a Conducive Home Environment
Learning doesn’t stop when the last school bell rings. Giving your child a good learning environment at home is important to make sure they don’t check out as soon as they walk through the door. One way to keep kids engaged is to talk to them daily about setting goals and encouraging them to create a plan to meet those goals. Whether it’s getting up in the morning on time or perfect classroom attendance, even a small victory can get your kids excited about reaching their goals.
Another thing you can help with is building organizational skills. Make sure your child has a schedule planner for school and writes down homework assignments daily. You should also help your child prioritize homework by deadline and by the amount of time required to complete an assignment. By breaking large tasks into smaller ones, assignments become more manageable and ward off the temptation to procrastinate.
Schools and parents that have high expectations for all students—and give them the support necessary to achieve those expectations—can expect better results than those that don’t get involved. Educating young people is a partnership between administrators, teachers, students, families, and the community. It’s up to all of us to help engage children in school so when they graduate they will be prepared for the challenges ahead.
At the January 18th School Board meeting, our School Board has voted on Plan 6 which impacts students to attend Neabsco Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year. More information is forthcoming.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
As we enter into the month of February, we honor African Americans who have contributed to U.S. history. Please feel free to view: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-facts.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns! I appreciate your continued support and ensuring a home-school partnership!
- A. McDonald