Worth County Elementary School SCHOOL/PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY At Worth County Elementary, we believe that excellence in education requires the shared efforts and active participation of the student, the family, and the school system. We are committed to provide an atmosphere of mutual involvement and dedication to learning that ensures all children develop to their fullest potential. In order to provide the best possible education for our students, we seek to involve parents in an effective home/school partnership. Regular Communication With Parents: In order to build frequent, timely, and effective communication, the following resources will be used: Teacher Welcome Letters Open House Monthly School Newsletter Parent/School Compact Student Agenda Special Event /Reminder Notices School Assemblies (Parents Invited) Parent Conferences Welcome Packets Home and School Connections (Tips for Parents) Opportunities for Parents to Volunteer: We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer at our school. However, arrangements need to be made with the classroom teacher in advance before volunteering or visiting a classroom. At the beginning of school, we send out a parent volunteer sheet that gives parents the opportunity to sign up for one or more of the following: Reading Buddy Classroom Volunteers Room Parents Tutor a Student Bulletin Board Preparation Work in Media Center Assist Teacher in Classroom PTO (Help with fundraisers) If you are volunteering at our school. you will be required to sign-in at the school office and receive a visitor’s pass. Also before leaving our campus, please check out through the office. Workshops/Training for Parents/Students: At the beginning of school, we send out a Parent Survey, which includes many topics for Parents-Education Workshops. Parents respond back by selecting the ones with their greatest needs or interest. Some of these are: Building My Child’s Self-Esteem Improving My Child’s Behavior Improving My Child’s Reading Skills Improving My Child’s Math Skills Communicating Better With My Child Helping With Homework Community Resources Importance of Hand-washing We have some workshops throughout the year that allow parents to can come and participate: Career Day Blood-Drive Field Day Child Obesity Diabetes Home/School Communication: It is very important that parents be well-informed regarding their child’s educational progress. Communication between the school and home is used to promote parent involvement. The following are some ways to communicate: Parent Handbook/Agenda Informal Teacher/Parent Communication Report Cards/Progress Reports Student Assessment Results Reading Connection (Tips for Reading Success) Student Learning/Homework: Homework is assigned each school night and serves a number of purposes: to practice and extend classroom learning, to develop responsibility and work habits, and to provide parents an opportunity to interact with their children and their education. Parents can support the school and their child’s success by helping with homework in the following ways: Help your child to be well organized. Remind him/her to bring home the necessary materials: binder, pencil, paper, etc. Agree upon a regular study time and stick to it. See that your child has a regular, suitable study place with good light, plenty of room, and no distraction (TV, phone, family noise, etc.) Ask to see your child’s homework each night and make sure it is returned to the teacher daily. Show interest in what he or she does at school. Contact the teacher if your child has difficulty understanding an assignment. Our goal is to help your child reach grade level standards and beyond. Ask your child about his/her agenda daily to address notes that may be sent by the teacher. The faculty and staff of Worth County Elementary will provide a learning environment, which will enable all students to reach their educational goals. We will promote a positive, risk-free, challenging, and discovery-oriented environment.