For every child to reach their potential there needs to be a strong partnership between the family and the school. We welcome the involvement of parents/guardians and the community-at-large in our schools. There are many ways for parents/guardians to be involved in our schools. The purpose of this section is to list some of the opportunities that are available to you.
- Read at home with your child and discuss their day in the evening.
- Have lunch at school with your child.
- Attend special events at the school, such as Meet the Teacher Night or other activities that invite families into the school.
- Stay in communication with your child’s teacher and set up conferences where you and the teacher can share insights about your child.
- Attend bi-weekly School Committee meetings.
- Attend monthly School Council meetings.
- Visit the school website to view teacher websites and current events.
Parent/Guardian Advisory Groups
There are two main advisory groups established by state and federal law. These two groups meet regularly throughout the year. For more information, please contact the school.
- School Councils – The advisory board to the school principal. The School Council is an advisory group to the principal at each school. Issues are discussed at the School Council that impacts that particular school. To learn more, please contact the school principal.
- Special Education Parent/Guardian Advisory Council – The advisory board for topics related to special education programs. To learn more, please contact the Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151, ext. 143.
All volunteers working in any capacity with students are required to submit a CORI form as discussed in the forms section of this handbook. The following volunteer opportunities allow an individual to work directly with the students and staff and are quite rewarding for the volunteer as well as the students:
- Become a room parent/guardian, helping the teacher organize celebrations and special events with other families
- Join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and attend monthly meetings or help with the programs that it supports, such as fundraising for field trips and other enrichment activities for the students.
- Become a Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS) and assist with various volunteer opportunities such as reading one-to-one with a student, assisting a teacher, working in the school library, or running a softball game at recess. Contact the VIPS Office at 508-548-1621 or email@example.com for additional information.
- Volunteer to chaperone on field trips.