Tuesday, August 17, 2010

September meeting: Back to School

CityMamas –
We are looking forward to our annual “Back to School” September meeting scheduled for:

Thursday September 9th, noon to 1:30
Blazed Alder Room 
Portland Building, 3rd Floor

This year, we’re happy to host two panelists from Portland Public Schools that will be focusing on the “home to school” connection, particularly for early year students, pre-K to second grade.  All are welcome! 

We’re also looking for someone with experience (either current or former) as a PTA member or on the School Site Council.  Let me know as soon as possible if that description fits you (or someone you know) that would be willing to join the panel for our meeting.  We would love to have that perspective at the table!

Our preliminary questions to the panel include:
  1. What are best ways to be engaged with my child’s school, especially as a working parent?  Are there differences that you find in level of engagement between working and non-working parent(s)?
  2. What are good ways to communicate to teachers? Other parents? Before/after school care? My child about school?
  3. How can I help my child deal with the stress of getting in and out the door and other routines for school to make them more positive?
  4. How can I help my child with the transition from daycare or from one school to another?
  5. How can I foster a learning environment at home that supports the environment at school?

Please send me any other questions you’d like for the panel to discuss.  Of course, there will be room for more discussion at the meeting, but we’d like to get a list of questions to the panelists next week so that they have some time to gather their thoughts. 

Thanks in advance!  Hope you are all enjoying your summer.  See you at the meeting!

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