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Message from G&P Family Liaison (Sept. 2017)

Message from G&P Family Liaison (Sept. 2017)
Posted on 09/05/2017
Dear Graham & Parks Families:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Graham & Parks Alternative Elementary School! At Graham & Parks, our mission is to educate the whole child: to help every child in our school fully develop his or her unique intellectual, social, and emotional capabilities. We are a multicultural learning community built on respect for every student and every family. Our community is incredibly diverse. Students and staff speak over 40 different languages, and we come from every continent but Antarctica! It is vital that all relationships in our school are based on respect, trust, honesty, and caring. This applies not only to the relationships between students and teachers but to all the relationships that constitute our community: the students, teachers, administrators, families and our neighbors.  

We believe that educating a child involves a deep partnership between teachers, staff and families. As parents and family members, you are the experts on your child and his or her needs. For this reason, we view communication between home and school as two-directional. While it is important for us to share information with you, it is equally important for us to learn from you about your child. Our view of collaboration between educators and families is rooted in the belief that we have shared goals. We all want each child in our community to experience social, emotional, and academic success.

As families, you play an integral role in the education of your child. Your involvement in your child’s education will help your child achieve more success and have a positive outlook on school. Please be sure to:
  • Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep, attends school every day and arrives on time (between 8:15-8:25AM) ready to learn
  • Check your child’s backpack each day for important notices
  • Stay informed by reading announcements from your child’s teachers, as well as the monthly newsletters and weekly emails from our Family Liaisons, Lauren Morse and Mildrid Gédéon
  • Attend classroom events such as Family Breakfasts and school-wide events such at the Back to School Potluck to get to know other families and school staff
We invite you to become an active member of the Graham & Parks community through volunteering. Many of the field trips, special projects, and school-wide events would not be possible without the incredible support from families like you. If you are able, I encourage you to pick one (or more!) form of volunteering this year - you can help in a classroom, chaperone a field trip, join a Committee such as the Friends of G&P or the Steering Committee, become a Room Parent or many other options. There are so many ways to get involved. If you need ideas, please reach out to me or your child’s teacher.

We are so excited for the 2017-2018 school to begin. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have at lmorse@cpsd.us or 617.349.6577 x115. We can’t wait to work with you to make this a wonderful, exciting and fun-filled year!

Thanks,

Lauren Morse, G&P Family Liaison