Parent involvement is crucial to the health and well-being of a child. Research shows that parents that are involved in their child's school are more successful students! As a parent, you are the most important influence in your child's success in school and in life. In this role, you have a fresh opportunity every day to get involved with your child. Parent involvement in children's education allows kids to perform better in school, and navigate more easily some of the challenges of growing up, such as bullying.
Please join us for the benefit of all students at our new Lincoln Park Middle School and become a member of the TEAM PTO. We would like both parents and students to feel connected to the new school and have a feeling of great pride and community each time they walk through the front doors. We are also asking for a monetary donation so that we can fund activities for the kids and show appreciation to our staff too!
An important part of the TEAM PTO is volunteering during school activities such as picture day, open houses, etc. If each parent volunteered for one event throughout the year we can make this coming school year a success! Even if you do not make a monetary donation, you can still volunteer.
5 Easy Tips to Get Your Children Excited About School!
As responsible and caring parents you want to paint a colorful picture of school for your children. Show them that school is a great place to be and encourage them to enjoy the learning process. If you promote this attitude from their early years, your kids will feel that school is interesting and will be excited about learning new things. You can teach your children to look forward to Monday mornings, and to going back to school at the end of summer and breaks. If your children love to learn, your job as a parent will be that much easier.
Here are some simple tips to make these things happen, according to Terri Khonsari, author of "Raising A Superstar: Simple Strategies to Bring Out the Brilliance in Every Child":
- The rule of the house should be "Homework First." If they are hungry when they get home a small snack is in order, and homework should be the top priority right after that. Talk to them about the importance of homework, and explain the necessity for getting it done in their own terms. Remind your children of the consequences if they fail to complete it promptly: they could be reprimanded by the teacher for not having completed it or have a low grade because they waited to work on it until they were too tired to concentrate properly. On the other hand, homework done well is cause for recognition and a reason to look forward to school.
- Ask your children about their day. Encourage them to talk about how they are feeling about certain classes or teachers. Learn about their interactions with other kids and keep up to date on happenings at the school itself. You cannot help your children to like or enjoy school if you don't know what goes on there. Be proactive so your children know that you care. That way, they will bring you their problems if any arise. No one ever regretted being TOO involved with their child's school experience.
- Teach your kids not to hurt others' feelings when they joke around. Make sure they understand the line between being funny and making fun of others. Start with your own home and people around you; don't allow anyone make fun of your kids and don't allow your children to make fun of others. Raise children who respect others and their feelings, and they will be respected in turn.
- Teach your children confidence, but stop them when they cross the line and become arrogant. When you observe others showing signs of arrogance, talk to your kids about it so they can see how unpleasant such behavior can be, and warn them not to do the same. Explain that a fine line exists between confidence and arrogance. Point out the difference so they can become pleasant and confident in school and later on as adults.
- Encourage your children to join extracurricular activities and after-class clubs offered at their school. It may seem like more work, but it really isn't. They will have something to look forward to when school is over, and they will get to meet other active children. They will constantly learn new things and be exposed to activities that may help them choose their career later in life.