Parents as Partners
“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education.” That quote is from the Growing Success document which forms the basis for our new assessment, evaluation and reporting system in Ontario.
At Wilfrid Jury, we welcome parent involvement and appreciate that it comes in many forms. Some of our parents are available to volunteer during the school day with classroom activities and field trips. Other parents complete tasks for our students and teachers at home in the form of preparing learning materials. We have a very dedicated Parent Council who volunteer their time at monthly meetings and spearhead fund raisers. Without that partnership, we would not be able to offer our students as many opportunities as we do.
Every parent plays an integral role in their child’s education, when they enter into a partnership with their child’s teacher. It is so important for our children to recognize that teachers and parents are working together to support student learning. Communication between home and school is paramount. We ask that parents use the planner to initial that their child has brought home important information and homework. If there are questions or concerns about what has happened throughout the school day, please drop us a line or give us a call. As is the case with most situations, there are always two sides to consider. Teachers enjoy sharing good news stories with parents.
Children want to see themselves as learners. Parents can play an important role by being their child’s cheerleader and encouraging them and praising them for their efforts. Children want to please their parents and their teachers.
At times, our children may make inappropriate choices. We need to trust in the strong partnership that exists between home and school and together ensure that our children realize when a better choice could have been made. Giving children the opportunity to apologize and practice making the right choice will give them a strong foundation as they become more and more independent.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford