One good parent is worth one thousand school masters
Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s success in school. There is no question about it- success at school begins at home. Parents are the single most important variable in a child’s schooling. Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily. They have taught their children values through how they spend their time and money.
One of the most important components of a good school partnership between the school and parents is working together for the best interest of the children. The close partnership between home and school is one of the exceptional strengths of Edgemont Elementary.
Edgemont Elementary has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents. Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways. Parents join the Booster Club, volunteer in the classroom, help at evening events, attend School Site Council and ELAC meetings, read to their children and help in many other ways. It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school. It’s a way to let your child know you think his or her school is important.
As we prepare to move into our new building, we find teachers establishing standards and rules. In the most successful classrooms, teachers have established specific routines for the children to follow. This means giving the children a specific place to find and keep materials, a set schedule for classroom instruction, etc. These routines, blended with the teachers’ consistent expectations, form a smooth running classroom where the children have the security of understanding their environment and are reinforced positively for their contributions.
At home, it is also important to provide routines. Many families build a daily “quiet time” when the television and phones are turned off. This quiet time provides students the opportunity for completing school work or for recreational reading. The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills.
Routines can also make completing chores easier for both children and parents. If children are consistently expected to complete routine household duty at the same time on the same day in the same place, it makes it easier and they soon begin to develop a responsibility for their commitment and contribution to the family.
As families establish routines for this school year and our new school, it is helpful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration and growth. Children need to be provided free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.
Hopefully we can provide time for our children to be children. The realities of the adult world will be there all too soon. As children grow and learn, they can find joy and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal. Such is the case with the student at Edgemont Elementary School. Commitment to the best for our children on the part of the parents, students and staff is key to our success with the children we teach. It is the hope of the staff and administration that all parents will help us fulfill this commitment to excellence on behalf of ALL children at Edgemont Elementary. The school and home can work together to build skills and knowledge, reinforce values and develop a strong sense of self-worth. We must invest our time and energies in our nation’s most valuable resource- our children.