With fall, the first report cards and parent-teacher conferences of the academic year arrive. Heritage Elementary School, your Williams charter school, is no exception to this rule. Information on these one-on-one sessions with your child’s teacher will be going home shortly, making this the perfect time to discuss how to ensure these meetings are successful and useful for all involved. Every year there is more research documenting the connections between academic achievement and parental involvement in schools. Heritage believes firmly that parent engagement in education is vital to the academic success of every student, and encourages parents to be active participants in their student’s academic growth. We all—parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration—play important roles in the achievement of a shared goal: academic and character achievement.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1981, the third Tuesday of September was designated as the International Day of Peace by UN resolution 36/67. That date was chosen to coincide with the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the resolution the General Assembly set out that the day “shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideal of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”[i] The resolution further invited all member states and organizations of the UN and the world to commemorate that day as they saw fit, including through education and cooperation.
That’s right! We’re talking about Labor Day. In preparation for this blog we found a definition which captures the significance of the holiday’s historical significance succinctly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Remember parents, Heritage Elementary has a Facebook page. It is another great resource to keep up with what’s going on at school. We post about upcoming events and link to our newsletters and blog posts. These pages also have great school photo albums. So stop by—like the page, check out our snapshots or read some useful articles.
We know back-to-school can be a busy, stressful time for parents and students, so here is some helpful information and suggestions to make it a little less frantic.
One way to ease the anxiety of transitioning into this school year can be chatting with your child. By encouraging them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and keeping an open line of communication they will be more comfortable sharing with you. This will make them feel like their opinions matter and are important. Plus talking about the things happening at school is a great way to connect with children.
There is no better time than summer for your children to take up a new activity to keep their brains busy. Help them think of something they are passionate about and run with it. Is it horses? Take the reins and start horseback riding. Are they into clothes and fashion? Give sewing a try. You could be raising the next big designer!