October Superintendent Message - Parents Matter!

October Superintendent Message - Parents Matter!

PARENTS MATTER!

Did you know that research shows that children experience higher levels of success when their parents
are involved in their school and education? Parental involvement looks different for every family and is
based on many factors.

In elementary school it seems there is no shortage of ways parents can be involved. Volunteering in the
classroom, reading to your child at home, attending school events, parent/teacher interviews, helping
with field trips, being a member of School Council, school assemblies, and helping with homework are a
few examples. As children move from elementary to junior high or middle school, the opportunities to
be involved seem to decrease as life gets busier for families, and the natural order of children becoming
more independent with age plays a factor.

In reality, the types of opportunities for involvement may change, but the one thing that stays the same
is the importance of communication. Being connected with your child’s school experience is important
and equally important is that your child see, feel and know through both action and conversation that
you are keeping connected. Whether that means attending parent-teacher conferences, emails with
staff, attending a School Council meeting or becoming a member of School Council, reviewing school
correspondence, attending events or following the school website and social media, being involved
demonstrates to your child that you care.

We believe that PARENTS MATTER and that is why Peace River School Division declared a week to
celebrate the important work you do. Students told us during an online discussion that they appreciated
the contributions of their parents/guardians whether providing a healthy breakfast, helping with
homework and the overall love and support their parents/guardians provide. In response to their input
PRSD has declared a week every year to celebrate PARENTS. Please join us this year from November
25-29 for PARENTS MATTER Week. All schools in the division will be hosting various events and
activities that provide ways for students to show their appreciation to their parents for their
involvement.

Thank you for your important contributions – our doors are always open.

Paul Bennett,
PRSD Superintendent of Schools
Peace River School Division No.10