Remember Parents - Homework is NOT just for kids, it's for parents too...
Educating a child is a cooperative effort involving the teacher, the child and the parent. While the teacher is responsible for what takes place in the classroom, the parent is responsible for what takes place at home. In brief, parents have homework, too.
Remember parents, you have an important role to play in supporting and enhancing what your child is doing in school. For example, you can:
- Encourage your child's enthusiasm and excitement for learning by demonstrating a positive attitude about school and schoolwork. Be careful how you voice concerns about events in the school or classroom.
- Let your child know that their education is a top priority. Monitor outside activities to ensure a healthy balance that does not detract from their primary responsibility--learning.
- Communicate with your child, and with their teacher, to stay informed of progress and any possible problems.
- Show your child that you think what happens at school is important, and participate in school events when possible.
Source: Sybil Humphries, "Parents Have Homework, Too," MiddleWeb, www.middleweb.com
Take a Pledge to Support Your Child and the School...
When parents are involved with their child's school, the school improves. The students have higher achievement.
If you haven't been involved, now is a good time to start. The third week in April is Public School Volunteer Week. Parents nationwide are being asked to take a "Parental Involvement Pledge." It's a pledge to do two very important things:
- Volunteer a minimum of five hours of your time each week to your child's school
- Spend at least 15 minutes each school night with your child - reading or doing homework together, or engaging in an enrichment activity
You can make your own pledge and sign it. Take the pledge online at: www.projectappleseed.org
You'll also find a list of different ways you can support your child's school, including:
- Listening to students read
- Preparing materials or bulletin boards
- Attending field trips
- Helping students with dramatic performances or special events
- Gardening or yard work
- Translating for students or parents
- Sharing hobbies or experiences
- Videotaping or photographing school activities
- Participating in a phone tree
- Preparing healthy snacks
- Stuffing envelopes
- Doing clerical work
- Becoming a block home
- Serving on a school committee
To find out how you can best help, ask your child's teacher.
Winter Weather Information...
In the event that winter weather conditions force school to close or to adjust the bus schedule, listen for information on the radio through the following AM stations: WNIC, WWJ, WEXL, WJBK
School closing information is also available through local television stations and online.
There is a free immunization clinic offered at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church located at 27475 Five Mile at Arcola (west of Inkster). It is available the first Wednesday of each month. The clinic is open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
MacGowan students can receive low cost dental care at the Wayne County Health Department Dental Clinic. Permission slips and questionnaires are available in the nurse's office. Please be aware that the waiting period for the first appointment may be as long as 2-3 months.
MacGowan Elementary School welcomes concerned adults to serve as volunteers. We need your help to make our volunteer program a success. Please join us by volunteering in a classroom. Some tasks can even be done at home. Contact the teacher for scheduling and explanation of duties of volunteering. You may also consider donating time in other areas of the school. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Robbins at (313) 242-3800.
Labels for Education
We are asking everyone in our community to help by saving labels an proofs of purchase from Campbell's products listed below. MacGowan is participating in the Campbell's Labels for Education program to earn free educational and athletic equipment. You may give your labels to students, or drop them off at the school during regular business hours. ONLY the Brands and Package Forms found on these lists are eligible for use in the Labels for Education program.
For more information please click on the Labels for Education hyperlink, or Campbell products below to go to the Campbell's web site.
School Violence Hotline
Fact Sheet-For Parents and Teachers
The School Violence Hotline will provide a means for students to anonymously report specific threats of imminent school violence or other suspicious or criminal conduct. The toll-free hotline will be operational 24-hours per day, 365-days a year, by the Michigan State Police Operations Center.
When discussing the School Violence Hotline with your child or students, please reinforce the following:
You should understand the difference between those incidents that require a 911 Emergency call and those that would be appropriate for the hotline. ANY RISK OF IMMEDIATE HARM SHOULD BE REPORTED TO 911 IMMEDIATELY. Example: A student has pulled out a gun in the cafeteria.
The School Violence Hotline has been created to give you an anonymous way to report any threats of violence ("I'm going to kill someone tomorrow"), or weapons that you may know about ("I saw a gun in someone's locker").
In the event you feel threatened, know of a possible act of violence, or have information regarding a weapon, but are unable to confide in a trusted adult, this hotline is an anonymous way to relay the information on to law enforcement and know that you did everything possible to protect yourself, other students, teachers, and administrators from possible violence.
When you call the School Violence Hotline, a trained law enforcement professional will document the information and forward this directly to the appropriate Emergency Dispatch Center in the state that can initiate immediate and appropriate action by law enforcement.