Connecting school and family is a great way to help children feel invested in their education. Children thrive when they know that they are valued members of an educational community. This sense of belonging contributes to a solid foundation for current and future success in school.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a report entitled, School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth. This report emphasized the importance of family and community engagement in school as a measure to keep students invested in education. When families stay connected to their children’s school and regularly engage their children in conversations about school, children are more likely to feel connected and enthused about their role as a member of the school community. This engagement cannot begin too early as positive attitudes toward school begin as early as a child initiates his or her school experience.
Children are able to identify school as an important part of their life when their parents take interest in their school work and their teachers. Involving families in school events is an important part of that commitment, and Dancing Moose enjoys the opportunities to host school-wide events that can foster relationship-building.
Munch and Mingle is an early-morning event that Dancing Moose will launch next week to encourage families to get together for a warm drink and a sample of Chef Rene’s great muffins. We appreciate all of our families and hope that this event will provide an opportunity for parents to get to know one another a little better. We want to make sure that all of our children know that we are on the same team for making school a great place to be!