The following outlines ways in which parents get involved at school:
1. Communicate with classroom/homeroom teacher often (phone, email, notes, in person).
2. Attend fall and spring conferences.
3. Attend concerts/sports events.
4. Read Friday's Bulldog Bulletin (your child should bring this home every Friday).
5. Check your child's progress via Power School (if you don't know how to use
PowerSchool contact Mr. Lunak or your child's homeroom/classroom teacher).
6. Review report cards (they are sent home 4 times a year, the Bulldog Bulletin will inform
parents when report cards have been published).
7. Have lunch with child at school (notify school of intent one day prior).
8. Check back pack regularly for notes, homework, library books.
9. Join PTO (Emerado school-parent organization).
10. Have high expectations for behavior.
11. Know and reinforce school rules.
12. Volunteer (e.g. clean up,, prepare classroom materials, share a skill, share
school improvement ideas).
13. Help with material that must be memorized/mastered, such as spelling words and
14. Ask teachers to send information on upcoming science and social studies
units (this allows parent to learn about a topic ahead of time so they are ready to discuss
topic with child).
15. Visit classroom during these units of instruction in which you have an interest or skill.
16. Inform teacher of person(s) in community that may have expertise on an upcoming
17. Ask teachers for classroom schedules (helpful when you must take children to dr. or
18. Make sure students get plenty of rest during ND State testing week (in October).
19. Examine textbooks.
20. Help with planning games and treats at parties.
21. Go on field trips.
22. Offer suggestions of field trips.
23. Fill out surveys and offer suggestions for improvement (Emerado School wants
feedback from parents). Inform school of what things are working (such as what
kinds of activities does your child like and what things have made a difference in your
child's academic progress).
24. Help child set goals (if you need help with this visit with school staff for
25. Help child get organized (keep back pack clean by discarding old papers, have a
folder for homework and a folder for graded work, if your child has been given a Planner
then make sure your child is bringing planner home).
26. Ask child about spelling words, upcoming tests, mastery of math facts (if your child
is unsure of these requirements then meet with your child's teacher).
27. Don't assume child knows the requirements (children aren't always listening or may
be having trouble attending to instructions---if your child can't answer your questions,
find out why by discussing issue with all parties involved: teacher-student-parent).
28. Be supportive of teachers (know goals, rules, and expectations)
29. Ask questions, when you have concerns about academic progress, assignments, grades,
or school policy.
30. Help with projects (e.g. science and social studies projects, science
experiments, research papers, and reports).
31. Help with home work.
32. Discuss projects and home work with teacher(s) so you understand how to help your
33. Support child at home by listening and asking questions. Helping with
homework/projects does not mean a parent must provide the answers. Help
can mean just supporting your child, listening to his or her ideas, and helping child make
a decision about where to go for the answers.
34. If child seems "lost" in regards to an assignment, find out why. Let child know that you
support his or her efforts and request a conference.
35. Learn with your child. Your child will be learning many topics that you may never have
studied. By learning with your child, you will be emphasizing the importance of lifelong
learning---no one person will ever know it all.
36. Ask for help. There are many expectations placed upon parents, which can be overwhelming at
times. Emerado School has a social worker and other support personnel.
37. Become a member of a school leadership team (this team would help develop parent
involvement policy, school-parent-student compact, write a grant, solicit types of parent
training, help establish needs that might be funded with Title 1 monies).
38. Help with fund raisers.
39. Make sure your child attends school and is on time.
The following link, Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, offers some additional thoughts on Parent Involvement in education: http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/PFIE/families.html
This link, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Ed., has brochures on how parents can help with homework, math, science etc.