Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Partners:
Children thrive when their environment is safe, secure, and supportive of education. Whether at home or in the classroom, adult involvement and encouragement have an enormously positive impact on a child’s learning process. For children, parents are the vital link between the classroom and society. As Superintendent of St. Johns County School District, I encourage you to take an active role in your children’s school career. The Parent Resource Guide was written to assist parents in participating in the lives of their children at school.
The Parent Resource Guide:
- defines terms commonly used by educators.
- gives examples of skills your children will be taught in each grade level.
- explains what happens if your child falls behind and how s/he is assisted to catch up.
- suggests what parents as partners in the learning process can do at home.
I encourage you to use the guide as a starting point for extended communication with teachers, school and district administrators, and most importantly, with your children. Open your children’s book bags and talk with them about what they are learning. Review their schoolwork and talk to their teachers by phone, email or face-to-face. Always ask questions and stay involved.
Remember that as your children grow older you may have to take the initiative to maintain communication with your children. We know that families have the greatest influence on their children’s academic achievement in school and throughout life. When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college and career, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, their children tend to do well in school and in life. Students with involved parents, irrespective of income or back- ground, are more likely to enjoy school, perform better in school, and stay in school longer.
I applaud you for making your children’s education a family priority.
Superintendent of Schools