Pencils were sharpened, backpacks were packed, and smiling staff were waiting to show children to their new classrooms. Tuesday, August 28th signified the start of the 2012-2013 school year for the Danbury Public Schools. While this is a milestone for many students, it is equally important for parents to become active participants in their child’s education.
The significance of parental involvement in schools is well researched. When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits. The benefits are greatest when parents are involved in education consistently and from a young age (National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education).
The Danbury Public Schools’ mission statement “A Community of Learners in Danbury, CT” clearly recognizes that children learn best when parents, community members and all staff work together and are engaged in student’s education. Parental involvement in school is one of the most significant factors in predicting how well a child will do academically. More specifically, a student’s achievement is directly related to a home environment that encourages learning, families who express realistic expectations, and families who become involved in their child’s education at school and in the community.
To help parents and guardians become great coaches for their children, the Morris Street and Mill Ridge Family Resource Centers offer families a variety of workshops throughout the school year and summer. Moreover, all elementary schools in Danbury recognize the importance of parent involvement by offering family nights, volunteer opportunities and consistent communication throughout the school year.
There are several ways parents can become involved:
- Join the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at your child’s school.
- Attend school events-literacy/math nights, concerts, open house, parent workshops and conferences.
- Volunteer to chaperone a field trip or read with students.
- Talk with your child every night about his/her school day.
- Have a set time for children to complete homework and look over your child’s homework each night.
- Have a set bedtime routine at a reasonable hour.
- Offer positive encouragement.
Parents are faced with numerous challenges and very busy schedules, but if you show your child that his/her school day is important (both academically and socially), children will feel supported in their academic career. For more information on parent involvement please visit www.danbury.k12.ct.us, click on parents and students.