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Raising Children

Supporting your child at school

Parents and caregivers play an important role in keeping kids safe and healthy at school. Research shows that children have a more positive experience at school when parents and caregivers take an interest in and get involved with their school. Whether your child is getting ready to start kindergarten, already in elementary school, or gearing up to finish high school, there are many ways for you to stay involved in their day-to-day activities both at home and at school.

  • Take time each day to ask your child detailed questions about their day. This shows them you are interested and can help you stay involved in their day-to-day activities at school.
  • Listen to your child’s point of view and show them that you value what they say. This lets them know that they can come to you if/when they need a supportive adult to talk to.
  • Watch for communications home from your child’s school (such as emails, newsletters or notes from their teacher) that help keep you informed.
  • Work together as a family to plan healthy lunches and snacks.
  • Set time after school for homework, and also for active time outdoors.
  • Set a consistent (age-appropriate) bed-time so that they get the sleep they need to feel rested.
  • Plan the night before to help them arrive at school on time and ready to learn.
  • Remember to update the health unit each time your child receives a new immunization. Records can be reported online, using our secure online form.
  • Focus on your child’s strengths and talents. If they experience a challenge, work with them to help develop the skills to overcome it.
  • Teach your child that you value education and the importance of living a healthy life.
  • Speak positively about your child’s school (including other students and staff).
Teacher meetings, family workshops and school committees are great ways to get involved at school. Social events like meet-and-greet barbeques, carnivals, concerts and fun nights are also great opportunities. You can be part of the school community in ways that suit you and your family most. Your child and the school will appreciate your interest.
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