The Superintendent offers parents six tips for supporting learners in the transition back to school and building good working relationships with teachers:
- Re-establish your child's bedtime routine. If your child has been staying up later on summer evenings, begin to adjust his/her sleep schedule back to school year bedtime hours at least one week before school starts. A well-rested child is a more attentive child in school. In fact, the symptoms of too little sleep and attention disorders are very similar. A good night of sleep pays off for your child in school.
- Discuss breakfast and lunch choices that sustain energy and promote wellness. Diet impacts body chemistry in a variety of ways - particularly a child's sugar, salt and fat intake. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a number of website resources at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov regarding healthy lifestyle choices for children that address diet, wellness and fitness.
- Plan to attend your school's Open House and Back-to-School activities. For both younger and older children, going to school with you to meet teachers sends a message from the start that you will be involved as a partner with the teacher in supporting your child's education.
- Consider volunteering in any way you can. The countless and varied tasks performed by volunteers are vital to the continued operation adn success of our schools. Sharing your life experiences, memories, technical know-how, or friendship with a young person can make a huge impact on a student's life and achievement.
- Don't wait to contact your child's school about a question or concern. Little problems quickly can escalate into larger ones, and while all of our workloads have increased because of e-mail and voicemail, we want to know when something is on your mind. Issues that should not wait include bullying of your child or another child, bus problems, or your child feeling overwhelmed with homework or upset about his/her relationship with a teacher. If you inner instinct says that something isn't going well, please reach our to your child's teacher.
- Thank an educator for helping your child or other children in some special way. The many fabulous educators in our schools, just as teachers before them, work tirelessly because of their commitment to the success of their students. There is nothing valued more by an educator than a personal note, e-mail, or call from a parent saying, "I appreciated when..."