The most important thing that you can do as a parent to stay plugged in with your child’s progress in school is to keep a healthy and consistent line of communication with his or her teacher. Teachers spend a great deal of time with your student each day and with the right level of communication can be very helpful in understanding what is going on in your child’s life and can help keep your child’s education on track starting at a young age. Your child’s teacher is your eyes and ears during the school day and a powerful ally in promoting his or her future success.
2. Volunteer on campus
There are many different ways that you can volunteer at St. Barnabas, from participating in field trips, to becoming an active member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), to providing snacks for the classroom. Volunteering at school is a great way to show your children how important their education is to you. Also, consider reaching out to your teachers to see what projects or activities they would implement given more resources. You may have a friend or family member who would be a great speaker for an upcoming unit on outer space, or you may have extra items around the house that would make your child’s next science experiment more hands on. You’ll never know the many ways you can volunteer unless you ask!
3. Help secure financial support
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is able to provide a high-quality, hands on, Christian learning environment in part because of the support of parents, alumni, and community members. If you’re looking for a way to get more involved in your child’s school but don’t have a lot of extra volunteering time, consider making a gift through the Annual Fund. Gifts made to the Annual Fund support St. Barnabas’ greatest needs including financial aid which allows more students the opportunity to attend St. Barnabas and experience the foundation-building education that you and your children have come to cherish.
Getting involved with your child’s education is important regardless of which school he or she attends, but at St. Barnabas our high-quality and highly engaging classroom environments are made even stronger by the various levels of engagement of our passionate parents. Making regular contact with your students teachers is critical to keeping them on the right academic trajectory to ensure their future success. By volunteering on campus and in the classrooms, and by helping to secure funding for our areas of greatest need, your campus involvement will help all of our students. For more information about the many ways to be engaged with your student’s education, contact us today. It would be our pleasure to give you a tour of campus and introduce you to the St. Barnabas Episcopal School community.