At Manor Park, we highly value and benefit from the contributions of our school families. Increased parental involvement equals higher student achievement, attendance, improved behavior, improved school climate and a better relationship between home and school. Parent volunteers contribute to many areas of school life and are a major part of any school’s success.
“If You Have….”
A Few Minutes:
- Arrange a time with your child’s teacher to visit the classroom and learn about your child’s successes and challenges.
- Say hello to the principal and the office staff in your child’s school.
- Contact your school council chair to find out how you can get involved.
- Read the council’s website, the school’s website and the bulletin boards at school.
- Find out what parent resources are available at school and take advantage of them.
A Few Hours:
- Attend your school’s Meet-the-Teacher Night and take some time to visit with the teachers and members of the school administration.
- Attend Parent-Teacher Interviews to discuss your child’s progress and upcoming coursework.
- Attend school assemblies, school council meetings, special events — your support is needed and welcomed.
- Get to know other parents at the school — stay in touch. Find out how you can volunteer in the school.
- Find out how you can volunteer in the school — reading to students, participating in field trips, special events, holiday celebrations, helping with crafts, library improvements, or any administrative duties (photocopying, etc).
- Find out if you can volunteer to be a guest speaker or a parent tutor/mentor — your help is appreciated.
A Few Days or Evenings:
- Attend school special events, parent workshops, and other activities in your child’s school — your attendance makes a difference.
- Volunteer to organize/help coordinate a school social event, parent workshop and/or fundraiser.
- Offer to translate at school council meetings to encourage parents in your cultural community to participate.
- Find out if you can work with your school and school council to prepare a welcome handbook for families new to the school.
- Offer to update the school council website.
Once a Month:
- Attend a school council meeting at your school (once a month, on the second school Wednesday).
- Volunteer to be a member of your school council or help with a special project, such as special event planning, and more — your talents are needed and council members can help get you involved.
- Volunteer to photocopy for the council newsletter (takes about one to two hours)
- Find out if you can volunteer to coach or help coach a team or club at your school.
- Find out if you can volunteer to run a lunch hour club to teach or share a special skill with students.
Contacting the school council – Please email the council at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message in the council mailbox located in the school office.
*some of the information provided is from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Website – http://www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/default.asp