August Message


Dear Intermediate School Families,

As the summer winds down and we begin to prepare for the school year, please consider the following excerpted suggestions to help your students to be most successful:

There are many ways that parents can support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Meet your child's teacher. As soon as the school year starts, try to find a way to meet your child's teacher.  Let the teacher know you want to help your child learn.  Make it clear that you want the teacher to contact you if any problems develop with your child. 

2. Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child's teacher.  Schools usually have one or two parent-teacher conferences each year.  You can also ask to meet with your child's teacher at any time during the year.  If you have a concern and can't meet face-to-face, send the teacher a short note or set up a time to 

3. Make sure that your child gets homework done.  Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day.  You can help your child with homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions such as the television and social phone calls during homework time

4. Monitor your child's television, video game, and Internet use.  American children on average spend far more time watching TV, playing video games and using the Internet than they do completing homework or other school-related activities.  How to Monitor TV Viewing and Video Game Playing and Help Your Child Learn to Use the Internet Properly and Effectively offer some ideas for helping your child use the media effectively.

5. Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school-and in life.  The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects.  More important, it is the key to lifelong learning.