Weekly Letter (Feb 4, ’19)

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you to all of the parents and students who attended our Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House. A special thank you to all of our teachers who worked so diligently to make their classrooms and our hallways look tremendous and to our parent volunteers for their warm hospitality. Attending Open Houses, Back to School Nights, Parent-Teacher conferences and other school events, such as our Talent Show on Thursday, V.I.P. Day on Friday, and the Stella Maris Crab Feed on the 23rd, are sometimes difficult for parents to attend. They are time consuming but they are also important to your child’s education for a few reasons.

First, it is important to get to know your child’s teacher. Students spend about seven hours each day at school, not counting sports practice, after school enrichment programs and extended care. Teachers have a positive influence on our students and it is important to get to know all of the important people in the lives of our children.

Second, attending school events reinforces positive parent-teacher relationships. Parental involvement is supremely important in the education of children but success is also dependent on us all working together toward a common goal. When parents attend these events, they send a message to their child’s teacher that they are serious about the role that they play in their child’s education. It also makes it that much easier for the teacher to initiate future conversations with parents since it has already been established that you are both on the same page, working toward the success of your child.

Third, school events allow parents to see the resources of the school and classrooms. Not all schools are created equal. Every school has problems and parents can play a major role in solving them. But we cannot solve problems that we are not aware of. In the same way, if parents are not aware of the resources of the school, then they will not know what is available to help their child become successful.

Fourth, parent involvement makes the school better. There has always been an interrelationship between the success of a school and the number of parents involved. Not only does it help the child succeed, but it also helps keep us, the teachers and administrators, accountable because it builds positive two-way relationships.

Lastly, it sends a great message to your child. It says, “not only do I want you to succeed; I am willing to be an active participant in the process of your success.” Of course, attending an Open House or the Talent Show alone would not be enough to continuously convey this message but it is a positive start. Your sacrifice of time and effort in your children is NEVER in vain.  I honor each parent who actively participates in the life of Star of the Sea School. It definitely makes it easier for us to do what we do. Thank you.

Take care and God bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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