One of the things that I have learned over my years as a teacher and school administrator is the importance of parents and home support in the success of children. I spend a great deal of time thinking and reflecting on the things we do, in the hopes of improving home school communication and relationships. These are 5 of the things I hope our parents know…
1.I hope you know we feel thankful you trust us with your children every day. I remember the feeling I had when I sent my oldest daughter to kindergarten. For the first 5 years of her life I had been able to plan for her, shelter her and let her experience things within my control. All of a sudden I was turning her over to another team of people for many hours of her day. I had feelings of apprehension and I am afraid I did not handle her transition into school as well as I might have. The transition did not seem to get much easier for me as I sent child number two or three. Now that child number 3 is in grade 10 and I have been part of a school team for a number of years, I have realized it takes many people to raise a child and a strong team of people is what every child needs.
2. I hope you know we want to work as a team. We know the importance of teamwork in the success of children. When we make phone calls or send notes home, they are not meant as criticisms, but rather part of our desire to work as a team to help your children and our students be as successful as possible not only in their academic growth, but also their physical, emotional social and spiritual growth. We also try to remember when you contact us about your concerns and questions that you are not trying to criticize us, but rather you are being the advocate that all children need. I hope we come across as willing to listen and address your concerns. If we do not, don’t give up, because we are human and trying to do our best.
3. I hope you realize we understand how busy you are. We understand how busy life can be-most of us are working parents too or we were certainly raised by working parents. We understand that some of the things we ask you to do for us and your children add to the business of a full day. I certainly have to admit that studying for science exams or helping with ELA homework has come at times that I have found very frustrating and have had to dig deep to find the energy needed. We understand that sometimes you will not be able to meet our expectations and that is ok, because sometimes we may not always be able to meet yours.
4. I hope you know we are trying our best. I never have to doubt the hard work I see in our school every day. It makes me proud as a principal when I see that everyone is trying their hardest to do the best we can for children. In know that despite our hard work, we will make mistakes sometimes and I hope that you will be patient as we try to make things right.
5. I hope you know we appreciate everything they do for us. I am amazed by the generosity and support of the parents and families in our community. We are constantly receiving donations of time, money and effort. We cannot thank you enough and some days it is what keeps us going when things get busy and frustrating like they can at times.
Together we CAN accomplish great things, so keep calling, keep writing notes, keep asking questions. You are the most important part of your child’s team.