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Principal Message: April 2014

Michelle Speight, Principal Glendale School“If schools are to be their most effective as measured by academic achievement and excellence, then the connections of schools to families must be addressed. However, increasing parent (or family) participation in schools, like achieving excellence, is neither easy nor guaranteed.”
                                                                                    Mawjee, F., & Grieshop, J.. (2002).

THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS IN A CHILD’S LEARNING

This month we would like celebrate the important role that parents play in children’s lives and education.  At Glendale School, we believe strongly that the support of all stakeholders is a shared responsibility that includes the voice of students, teachers and parents.  These parties come together synchronously to support the work of schools in order to extend learning opportunities for students in classrooms and beyond the school.  We are always looking for new opportunities for the creative synergy between our parents and the school.

Parental involvement in schools can take many forms.  At Glendale School this includes the countless hours that parents contribute to our school through organizing and managing special events and fundraisers as well as supporting classrooms by volunteering on field trips and in classrooms.  We also very fortunate to have many parents who continue to contribute countless volunteer hours to support the school through our school council and school association.  As a result, students will be provided with incredible learning opportunities through casino generated funds and through countless grants and donations, our students will soon experience a new playground in  May of 2014.

As well as volunteering, the greatest contributions parents can make is simply by ensuring that they are visible and seek to have voice in their child’s schooling experience. In fact, “Parent involvement in education has been associated with a variety of positive academic outcomes” (Andersen and Dempsey 2007).  Our recent student-led conferences are examples of important venues that provide parents with opportunities for input and involvement in their child’s learning. We stress that if you have not met with your child’s teacher that this is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s success. You can still arrange to meet with the teacher by phoning the school and arranging a face to face meeting if you have not done so already. 

Parents, as “first teachers” bring priceless inside knowledge regarding the child and their history in school, home life, and previous successes in learning.  We honour and support the fact that parents continue to be advocates for their child’s specific needs supporting the child to feel safe and take risks with their learning to support further development.

On behalf of all of the students and staff at Glendale School, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents for your continued support.
Sincerely,
Michelle Speight

Principal, Glendale School
mmspeight@cbe.ab.ca

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