Report to Parents News Letter

The Rewards of Reading

The Seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the is one of the most powerful ways that parent can support student's learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in student's reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips. 

Always have books on hand.
Keep a book in your bag or your car's glove compartment so your child can read in the car. or wile waiting in line at the grocery store. Make regular trips to the library, keep an eye out for books at bargain sales or garage sales.
Or Consider or holding a "Book Swap"
with neighbors and friends. For birthdays
or holidays give your child new reading material.

Keep it up. Find ways to encourage 
your child to pick up new reading 
material to read once one book is 
finished. For instance, introduce him 
or her to a series or ask your librarian 
for books by the same author. Draft a 
“to-read” list that your child can check 
off . Consider subscribing your child to 
a magazine for kids. 

Focus on their interests. Encourage 
your child to check out books from the library that 
feature characters or topics he or she is interested in. 
Whether it’s NASCAR to NASA, the topic doesn't matter 
(as long as it’s age-appropriate), as long as your child is 

Read out loud together. Schedule time to read aloud 
together, taking turns to read passages. Invite your 
entire family to participate. Use different voices for 
different characters, or invite your child to make sound 
effects for the story. 

Make it a routine. Consider how to make reading 
habitual. Your family could have a weekly read-aloud 
session, or you and your child could read each week 
before bed.

Be a patient listener. No matter how slowly your young 
learner reads, avoid finishing sentences for your child.


Effective and Appropriate Help With Homework

Parenting requires many judgment calls, including numerous decisions related to schoolwork and school projects. Principals and teachers are always stressing how important it is for parents to be involved, but how much is too much? For a start, put yourself in
these situations:

  • Your child’s big science project is due tomorrow, but her after-school schedule has been so busy lately that she hasn't had time to finish it herself. Not wanting her to get a bad grade, you end up doing most of the work with her so she can turn it in on time.
  • Your son’s math homework packet is a big part of his grade, but he’s having trouble with a few of the concepts. Is it OK to help him with some of the answers?
  • Your daughter must write a poem for a school competition,but the verses she’s come up with so far seem pretty bad. After thinking about her theme, you suggest different rhyming phrases that sound better. When the awards are announced, your daughter comes home excited and says, “We won!”
We all want our children to do well in school. But, sometimes, we might want it too much and
end up giving them too much assistance. The problem is, while their grades might look stellar, their self-esteem can suffer. Children are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. They know when they've earned a grade—and when they haven’t. Instead of helping them succeed, too much parental involvement can lead them to failure. 

So what’s a concerned parent to do?
 How much help is reasonable?
What kinds of suggestions or assistance are acceptable?
And what do you do if they don’t understand their homework, even after asking you for guidance?

Make Every Day Count Boost School  Attendance

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk, according to, a national dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically

Students with regular attendance are more likely to read well 
by third grade and score higher on tests. They also tend to be 
more engaged in school and feel better about themselves.
Put your child on the path to success 
with these attendance strategies.

Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s 
academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is.
Make daily routines for 
homework and waking up on time for school. Maintain communication with teachers and keep an eye on your child’s academic progress. If your child seems disconnected from school or is prone to skipping class, try signing him or her up for an after-school activity. A report by the University of Minnesota found that students in an after-school program attended 18 more days 
of school and missed nine fewer than their peers. 

Make a plan. If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Make a carpool or transportation plan with other parents or family members, or ask your school principal for community programs or school initiatives that may help.

Report In. Know your school’s attendance policies. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoidable, contact your school. If your family’s religious observances fall on school days, let teachers know early in the year which days your child will miss.

Boost Bus Safety

Get your child on board with school bus safety! To avoid dangerous situations and accidents, students must follow bus safety rules and procedures. First, review your school’s specific  bus rules and procedures with your children. Then, make sure they understand these general bus safety principles.

Board the bus safely. Students should walk, not run, to the bus stop. While waiting for the bus, children should stay in a safe spot away from the road. Remind your child never to never speak to strangers at the bus stop. When the bus arrives, students should wait their turn to board and never push or shove on the stairs. Students should ask the driver for help if they drop something while getting on or off the school bus.

Follow the driver’s rules. Explain to your child that drivers have to focus on the road to keep students safe.Distracting the driver, even for a second, could put all the riders in
danger. Remind students to treat drivers with respect, and always follow printed rules or the driver’s procedures—especially in case of an emergency.

Gently correct mistakes, sound out words together, 
and let your child know you’re proud.

Cut the distractions. During reading 
time, turn off or put away electronic 
devices. Make sure you follow the rule, 

Ask questions. Ask your child about 
what he or she is reading in school or 
what you are reading together. Try 
open-ended questions such as, “Why 
do you think the character did that?,” 
“What would you do if you were in that 
situation?,” or “What do you think will 
happen next?”
Read beyond books. Invite your child 
to read menus, greeting cards, movie 
listings, newspaper comic strips, or 
directions to a destination. Word 
recognition is an important step for 
reading fluency, so consider using strips of paper and 
tape to label everyday objects in your home to boost 
your child’s familiarity with words.

Don’t do it for them. Rule No. 1 is an easy one to remember:
 Don’t ever do your children’s homework or school projects for them.
 The assignments were given to them for a reason—they
need to learn the concepts, and they can’t do that learning if you
do their work.

    Guidance is great. Help your children understand assignments
by talking with them about the concepts. Let’s say your child is
having trouble with basic division. Dump out a stack of pennies
or paper clips, count the total, and, together, divide them into
groups of five, six, or seven. If your child has writer’s block,
instead of suggesting phrases to use, brainstorm together about
ideas of things he or she could write about, and ask your child to
list some of the things he or she could say. Help your children to
learn how to think through the process.

    Be encouraging. It can be frustrating to try to master new
concepts and complete school projects. Give your children
encouragement and understanding as they work things through.

    Expand their brains. One great way parents can help their children
with school projects is by asking them to go beyond their original ideas.
If your son, for example, wants to do a shoe box diorama about dinosaurs,
 tell him that his original idea is good, but ask what other ways he could try.
Don’t give him ideas, but help him use his own creativity. 
Ask him to think out a number of different ways he could approach the
assignment. Let him follow his own path, and both you and his teacher
will probably be very pleased with the result. Not only that, the work 
will be his own.

Finally, know when to call for help. If your child is consistently
having trouble with a specific concept, even after you’ve helped
explain it to him or her, it’s time to let the teacher know. Chances
are yours isn’t the only child in the class who’s confused. In addition
to learning the schoolwork, your child will gain some very
important knowledge: that it’s smart to ask for help when you
don’t understand something.

Before keeping your children home, make sure they aren't 
faking symptoms. Regularly feigning sickness may be a sign 
that your child is anxious about facing a challenge at school, 
such as bullying. 

Carefully weigh sick days. If your child is sick, talk with your health care provider to determine whether they should stay home from school. If the doctor or nurse recommends that your child stay home, Find out exactly how long and on what 
conditions he or she can return to class (for example, after 24 hours of antibiotics).

Schedule wisely. Know your school’s calendar, and arrange doctor and 
dentist appointments after school, on weekends, or during holiday 
breaks, if possible. Resist the urge to schedule vacations when students 
will miss school. This gives students the impression that school is not a priority.

Help students complete assignments. 
When your child has to miss school, make arrangements with teachers 
to pick up a packet of make-up work. Ensure that your child follows through, and be available to explain concepts or monitor their work. If your child’s absence will be lengthy (for surgery, for instance), alert teachers as soon as you know and 
pick up assignments as the days go on.