Parenting in the Digital Age

In case you missed the recent parent workshop, titled “Parenting in the Digital Age,” here are a few main points from our discussion:
  • Living in the digital age presents unique challenges and opportunities for student growth.
  • Educators use many digital tools to help students connect, create, and innovate.
  • Children need parents to set boundaries on their device use.  These boundaries include limited time, specific purpose, and controlled access to device use and content.
  • Children’s devices should be used in public areas, not in their bedroom.
  • There are many resources available to filter content and monitor device use.
We hope to see you at the next parent workshop!  Tuesday, October 10, 8:15am.

Welcome to SIS for the 2017-18 School Year!

Dear teachers, staff, students, parents, and guardians,

Welcome to SIS for the 2017-18 school year!  I look forward to encouraging and witnessing the academic, personal, and social growth of students during this academic year.

As the Elementary Counselor, I can help students overcome social or emotional obstacles that may get in the the way of achieving their academic potential.  At SIS, we care about the holistic development of students, which includes learning healthy habits and coping strategies.

Students are welcome to visit my office during breaks or lunch time, or can make an appointment with me.  Counseling services at school include brief individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, responsive services, and consultation.  Individual and group counseling is by no means compulsory, and can be discontinued at any time.  It is important to note that meeting with the counselor is a confidential process unless the student is in danger of hurting others or themselves.  Confidentiality ensures that trust can be established, and the needs of students can more fully be met.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or if I can be of support in any way.  I look forward to meeting you all this year!

Parental Involvement

Dear SIS community,

We are almost a month into the school year, and we have already witnessed student achievement and progress.  Of course there have been mistakes along the way, but that is how we learn!

An important element of students’ learning is for parents to be involved.  Studies consistently show that parental involvement is an influential predictor of student success.  But what exactly is “parental involvement,” and can there be too much?  Appropriate parental involvement can include some of the following:

  • Provide your child with the space, time, and materials that they need for studies
  • Provide structure and experience that teachers expect a child to have prior to going to class
  • Know what assignments have been given at school, and follow up on their completion
  • Know where your child is at all times, and make sure they have appropriate supervision

See the following article for more information about being involved in your child’s studies:

http://hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-research-and-its-implications-for-teachers-after-school-program-staff-and-parent-leaders

Please contact me if you would like to discuss appropriate involvement in your child’s studies.