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Parent Today

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District offers parents and guardians the opportunity to subscribe for free to Parent Today, a monthly e-newsletter and blog that provides tools and information to encourage parents of children of all ages to be even more engaged in their children’s education.

The opt-in e-mail newsletter is delivered to subscribers’ inboxes once a month. It coaches and encourages parents through four chapters of their children’s education – early learners, elementary, middle years and high school. Each e-newsletter will feature stories relevant to corresponding academic and developmental stages of children. Parent Today will also respond to current issues and provide information on the ever-changing education landscape.

The e-newsletters feature easy-to-read, blog style posts about what matters most for families. Parent Today addresses important, age-appropriate topics and gives accessible, easy-to-implement strategies. It also provides information to help families understand the dramatic changes taking place in school curriculum and public education. Subscribers can access the Parent Today website for ongoing information and support in dealing with the challenges of raising an educated child.

Subscribers must have Internet access and an e-mail address to receive Parent Today.

To sign up for Parent Today, families can visit the district website at www.fmschools.org, click on the “Parent Today” icon on the side of the home page and follow the on-screen instructions. Or, sign up at parenttoday.org.

The four Parent Today content areas include the following information:

Early learners: The stories in this section highlight areas in which parents can instill basic concepts and teach beginning problem solving, with a focus on activities that encourage skills development, knowledge, and ways of thinking and learning. Parent Today will also offer ideas for parents to encourage age-appropriate social development and work toward their children’s school readiness.

Sample stories:   Cutting down on tube time

                        Encourage a love of reading

                              Simple math: Learning numbers (and more!) at the market

Elementary school: During the elementary years, children are acquiring tools and skills that will aid them later in life. Parent Today will look at how parents can encourage better communication skills, decipher learning styles, instill study skills and address stress management. Stories will also address issues kids face in school – both social and academic – and help parents continue to foster a love of learning.

Sample stories:   Put your child on a “TV diet”

                             The age of bullying: A parents’ guide to empowering a child           

Middle years: Tweens and early teens face a whole new set of challenges in middle school. As they move toward increased independence, they still need their parents’ guidance and boundaries. Parent Today offers insight on helping children make the transition to middle school, dealing with sticky situations and understanding a child’s emotional development. By encouraging their children to try new endeavors and encouraging a positive attitude toward education, parents can help ease the trip through middle school.

Sample stories: Goal setting: Start small, think big

                     Get to the bottom of school avoidance issues

High school: As students prepare for life beyond high school, they need to build skills to help them become self-sufficient. Parent Today stories will focus on areas in which parents can encourage responsibility and decision making, instill values and foster independence. We’ll also offer tips on how parents can – and why they should – stay involved as their children move through the teen years.

Sample stories:  Teens and sleep: A winning combination

                            Life skills: 5 essentials your child must have before they graduate


Spotlight Stories

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