Ways be engaged with school and what your child did each day…
Ask your child what happened each day – asking specific questions can be helpful
As busy as you may be, try to offer your child warm welcome at the end of the day and space to tell about their day
Ask for your child’s teacher for the class schedule
If you can, volunteer in class room so you have a frame of reference
If you can’t volunteer regularly, consider going on a field trip – this will help you understand the class dynamics
Read the class room newsletters
Leave more time at the end of the day for bedtime to talk
Ask your child targeted questions that will be anchors to be points of discussion – Examples – How was recess? What made you laugh today?
Bribe your child to tell your something good they did with a star chart
Read the school newsletter and your child’s class newsletter to see what’s happening
Join the school email list
Visit the school website on a regular basis for the calendar and announcements
Attend monthly PTO meetings
Ways to stay in touch…
Ask teachers about e-mail. Do they want a class email list? Can you help put it together?
John Wallace prefers to talk via phone because it is more personal. Email is his second choice but it is still a good way to reach him.
Britta Hanson prefers email since it is easier to reach her. Phone is also good.
Contacting your child’s teacher when you have a question. Teachers and school staff are available by calling the school or you can find the emails of all teachers and school staff online at: www.madison.k12.wi.us/staffdirectory
Posting a question to the email list or responding to something that has been posted.
Talking to other parents in our school community. The unofficial “parent network” is an important way to learn about what’s happening and share what you know.
Ways to Get Involved…
Volunteer in the classroom
Check the newsletter for volunteer opportunities
Consider volunteering on the playground or in the library
Peer pressure – ask a friend to volunteer with you
Organize a time when a group can work together – like a quilting bee or barn raising.
Do your back to school shopping at stores (Target & Office Depot) that give back to the school
Consider doing a project at home like stapling, cutting or assembling a classroom project
Offer your skills and talents to the classroom or by joining a PTO committee