September 2017 letter

With the hustle and bustle of the start of the new school year comes the excitement of what it means to be truly part of a school community. Our kindergarten students are settling into a new routine of being in school; perhaps for the first time. The senior class of 2018 is making the most of their last year of high schools while eagerly counting down to their final walk at graduation. Students from kindergarten through high school are making connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

This is also the time of year in which our parent groups are looking for new volunteers for the school year.  According to the Center for Public Education, How Parent Involvement Affects Student Achievement

“Parent involvement can make a difference in a child’s education.  Two-thirds of teachers surveyed believed their students would perform better in school if their parents were more involved…while 72% of parents say children of uninvolved parents sometimes ‘fall through the cracks’ in schools.”

PVSchools offers a myriad of opportunities for parent involvement. Each school has a “School Site Council” where parents are involved in various decisions affecting the school. Of course, there are the school parent-teacher organizations. United Parent Council has representatives from every school where information is shared about the district and is part of every district committee sharing the parent perspective on decisions being made.  The “Volunteer in Paradise” program is always seeking volunteers who are interested in providing tutorial services to students.

Realizing time commitment is difficult for some, each classroom teacher needs volunteers to chaperone field trips, organize class events, help with decorating bulletin boards, make costumes or sharpen pencils.  Additionally, some teachers welcome the volunteer who sits with one student and listens as the child reads. 

PVSchools embrace and celebrate volunteerism.  The only thing missing is: U.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

On behalf of the governing board,

Mark Lane