Where the Arts Come Alive

Tips

Be generous with praise

Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child. 

Encourage “personal best”

Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, “personal best” does not mean “perfect”, and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Make learning a priority

Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.

Show interest in school work

  • Talk about school each day.
  • Ask to see classwork.
  • Have your child read aloud to you.
  • Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
  • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
  • Show appreciation for good efforts.

Offer suggestions for success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:

  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary.
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
  • Review notes before a test.

Schedule study time

Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.

Other Helpful Hints for Parents

  • Encourage your child to develop a positive outlook toward school.
  • Stay in contact with your child’s teachers.
  • Attend parent-teacher meetings, school plays, monthly assemblies, and concerts, social and sport events.
  • Avoid if possible taking holidays during school time.
  • Inform the school in advance of your child’s absence from school.
  • Meet or contact school staff when an incident arises in school involving your child.
  • Cooperate with the school when solving problems or issues involving your child.
  • Watch for changes in your child’s mood or behavior that might suggest problems at school.
  • Inform teachers of issues that might affect your child’s progress or behavior.
  • Review on a regular basis your child’s homework and assignments, and sign agendas.
  • Provide access to reading resources at home.
  • Read all communications from the school (includes social media sites).
  • Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities (inside and outside school). It builds good character.
  • Spend time with your child when they come home and ask how they day at school went. Help out with school work if possible.

Please Remember:

  • We welcome parents to be in the school and encourage you to participate in and attend school functions and events.
  • Polite cooperation with all school personnel is essential. 
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the main office.
  • All students have the right to attend school without being afraid or intimidated. 
  • Harassment of any type (sexual, verbal or physical) and bullying (physical, verbal or via social media) will not be tolerated and dealt with accordingly.
  • Clothing, book bags, etc. that display inappropriate language, slogans, pictures or symbols, or anything that might be considered offensive will not be permitted.
  • Cell Phones are not to be used in the school and must be kept in backpacks.
  • Hats must be removed when you enter the school. 
  • Bikes and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds.  Bikes and scooters must be locked in the bike racks.
  • Please remember to drive slowly in the school zone.
  • Please remember to not drop off students in staff parking or the school bus zone!
  • Staff supervision of students at school starts at 7:40am and ends at 2:50pm