Monday, November 23, 2009

Did you attend Parent/Teacher Conferences? Thank you!

On behalf of the Van Buren SAFE Coalition We’d like to commend you for taking the time to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences last week at your son or daughter’s school. Being involved in your adolescent’s educational upbringing is just as important when they’re in middle school and high school as it is when they are younger. While we rely more on them to communicate with us as they get older about the happenings at school, it’s through discussions with their teachers that we get a better understanding of not just their grades but how they interact in the classroom, which can clue you in to other issues your son or daughter may be dealing with in their school setting.

Everyone is busy. Everyone has other things to do. It can be hard to find the time to get to conferences, but the message you send your child by attending is invaluable! Their education is important and taking an active role shows you care. Studies show that parents are the most influential person in a teen’s life. Having a good relationship with your adolescent will go a long way in helping them navigate the tough decisions they face and the challenges they must endure in the process of growing up. So again, pat yourself on the back for supporting your child by attending conferences. It really is the little things that add up to make the biggest difference.

If you would like any information concerning various issues your children will face in light of their middle school and high school years please feel free to contact the VB SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we certainly can point you in the direction of those you may have what you need. Thanks again!

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