Many parents went to school in Lynchburg City Schools last night. Back-to-school night was held in many of the city’s schools.
Back-to-school night is a great opportunity to reach out to your child’s teachers and school. If your child’s school held back-to-school night, hopefully you were able to attend.
There are many good reasons to maintain an ongoing relationship with your child’s school and teachers. The biggest reason is to support your child.
Lynchburg City Schools welcome parents in the school, in the classroom and in other support roles. Parents and teachers are all part of the same team with the same goal: to nurture and guide children in their journey to adulthood.
When you stay in touch with the school, you show your child that you value education and that your child’s school is important to you. Here are 10 ways to stay in touch with your child’s school, teachers, principal and support staff.
Attending back-to-school night is one of the ways parents can stay in touch with their child’s school and teachers. It’s early in the school year and a great opportunity to let your child show you her world. Kids love leading their parents through school and parents get the chance to follow in their child’s footsteps.
Be a volunteer. If you attended back-to-school night, someone probably mentioned volunteer opportunities. Follow the link above to get involved with Lynchburg City Schools as a volunteer. There’s a form to fill out and you have to undergo a background check. This helps to protect all of our kids.
Call your child’s teacher or school if there’s a problem or you have information to share. Many minor problems and misunderstandings can be corrected early with a single phone call. During the school day, teachers can’t take calls but messages can be left for a return call at the end of the day.
Attend school activities and events. If your child is involved in the arts, music, drama or sports, be a part of it. Show your support for your child through your presence. It’s the best gift you can give your child. If help is needed, offer your assistance. This might mean helping as a team parent, selling ads for the theater program, or standing on the street corner during the band’s fruit sale.
Send a note to school. If your child has an upcoming appointment, will be late for school, needs to be picked up early or you have a question, send a note with your child. Planning ahead helps your child’s teacher know what’s going on.
If you can’t volunteer in the classroom, help out with special projects. Help is also needed on an irregular basis with one-time projects. This may include an annual carnival, cutting things out at home, bringing food for a party or other projects. See your child’s teacher or school for more information.
Send an email. In the internet age, many teachers stay in touch with parents by email. If you didn’t already provide your email address to your child’s teacher, now’s the time. If you have a work email, this may be the best address to provide since you’ll receive emails in real time.
Join the PTA, PTO or other parent organization. One night a month isn’t a huge commitment. These organizations are filled with other parents who care about children. You will fit in well and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get very involved and will meet many of those parents. Some of those parents may become your best friends. There is strength in numbers.
Be a chaperone. At some point during the year, a note will come home asking for volunteers to go along on field trips, to help on band trips, to help out at prom or to chaperone in some other capacity. Just say yes. This offers you a great opportunity to meet the other kids who attend school with your child in a more informal setting.
Attend teacher conferences. In all of the years my kids were in school, I never missed an opportunity to attend teacher conferences. This is the best opportunity you have all year to talk one-on-one with your child’s teachers. Any minor problems can be addressed before they have a chance to become major problems. Your presence shows your child’s teacher and your child that you care.
As this school year begins, make a commitment to be there for your child. Support your child’s school and encourage your friends to do the same. Parents can have a lasting impact not only on their own child, but on many children at their child’s school.