The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is replacing its quarterly newsletter geared toward preschool parents with a bimonthly e-newsletter that provides tools and information to encourage parents of children of all ages to be even more engaged in their children’s education.
Parent Today is an opt-in e-mail newsletter delivered to subscribers’ inboxes twice a month. It is provided free of charge to families in the F-M School District. 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.
“Research shows that engaged parents have a positive effect on their children’s school success – meaning better attendance, better attitude toward school and homework, better grades and higher expectations for the future,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “Parent Today allows us to foster stronger connections between families and our schools and encourage parents to be even more involved in the education of their children.”
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 right 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
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