Happy New Year & Welcome Back Harrington Families,
I hope each of you had a restful and meaningful time with your family and friends during the holiday break.
We have had a fantastic first four months of school and we are looking forward to the rest of the year. A new year always gives us the opportunity to reflect upon what we have done well and what we can do better. Have you been trying to figure out a new year’s resolution? If the answer is yes, I have a great suggestion for you. How about setting plans to help your children experience greater school success in 2020? Here are a few ideas to ensure your child is successful at Harrington.
- Monitor your children’s schoolwork. One way to do this is to have them check in with you after school and share how their day went. A good opening question to help them communicate about this is to ask, “What did you learn in school today?” I ask this question every night to my high school senior, sometimes I get …”nothing much” and I follow-up by asking a more specific question about one of her subjects. Because your children are younger, I suggest checking their backpacks every night and discuss any school papers that are brought home. You can further monitor by checking on your child’s homework when they have completed it. While parents should never do homework for their children, it is sound practice to help them if they are struggling.
- Make sure your children get to school and on time. The more students are in school, the higher their achievement. Children cannot learn if they are not in school. In addition, poor attendance causes students to get behind in their learning and catching up can be very difficult when they return. Being late causes a disruption not only to your child, but also to all of the children in the class. PLEASE make sure your children are walking in our doors by 8:47 a.m. so that they are in their classrooms by 8:55 a.m.
- Reward your children’s efforts for trying their best. Rewarding students for their effort has an amazingly positive effect on them. Children want to make their families proud. The best way to motivate effort is to notice it, praise it, and reward it.
- Discuss with your child how important school is. Although your children are only in elementary school, this should start at a young age. For students to be successful in today’s world, it takes more than a high school diploma. In the 21st century, almost all students need a college degree. Having students set higher education, as a target early in their lives will help them set ambitious goals for their academic progress as they proceed through school.
- Finally, be involved! How important is parent involvement in their children’s education? Tremendous! Study after study shows that it may be the top factor leading to student success. We are committed here at Harrington to a partnership with all of our families. By working together, we can make a difference! I am very proud of the children, families, teachers and staff at Harrington and I look forward to a phenomenal 2020!
Again, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. Stay warm!
Rob Asselin, Principal