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Helping Your Child

Helping at Your Child's School

Many opportunities exist for parents who have the time and willingness to help at school. Be sure to check with the school office for key meeting or event dates and times.

  • School functions, such as open house, parent/teacher conferences, concerts, and other events are important times for parents to support their child's learning.
  • Classroom volunteer opportunities are determined at the school level and coordinated by each child's teacher. If you would like to assist at your child's school or in the classroom, please notify your child's principal or teacher to make arrangements.
  • Learning Improvement Team (LIT), with two positions for parent volunteers, the team develops a school improvement plan designed to increase student learning.
  • Library/Media Committee requires two parents at each school serve each year. The committee reviews library books and textbooks when concerns are expressed.
  • School Generated Funds/Budget Committee helps to determine expenditures for funds generated through fund-raisers and other monies at the school level. One parent serves on the committee in addition to a school administrator, teacher, and student.
  • School Safety Committee works to develop and implement a school safety plan. The principal selects at least one parent annually to work with this committee.
  • Parenting classes - Many schools offer classes on parenting skills. Call the school office or the Area Service Center for information on available classes.
  • Parent surveys allow parents opportunities for input and provide valuable feedback to principals and the District. Take the time to respond to questionnaires online by monitoring or your child's school website or newsletter. You can also follow CCSD on Facebook or Twitter.
  • PTA, PTO, PAC, or other parent organizations - Many opportunities exist for parents to serve through parent organizations. Attend meetings and get involved, your child's school office or newsletter will have the details.
    Want to learn more information? Call your child's teacher, the office staff or principal. Please note: If you want to discuss schoolwork or your child's progress, call and arrange an appointment with the teacher.

Helping your child academically at home

Research shows that students whose parents are engaged in their child's education achieve more. Knowing what is happening at school is one key to helping your child stay on task and focused on success.

Below are a few things you can do with your children on a daily basis that will make a difference in their education:

  • Encourage your children to develop a reading habit by reading to or with your children every day. Encourage independent reading and make frequent trips to the library. Provide your child with appropriate reading and writing materials.
  • Take an interest in your children's schoolwork and activities by talking about what they are learning, looking at papers brought home from school, and helping with and/or reviewing homework assignments.
  • Designate a workplace for your children and identify a specific time for homework to be completed each day.
  • Communicate with your child's teacher through notes, phone calls, and visits. Be aware of your child's strengths and weaknesses and ask what role you can play to help your child reach their potential.
  • Play games that help your child read and practice basic math facts and computations.
  • Explore educational options offered in District schools by knowing the programs and resources developed and implemented to support your child's success at school.
  • Discover opportunities for your child's education after high school by accessing Web sites like Go To College Nevada and attending workshops or events that provide essential information on funding and preparing for high education. Be sure to talk with your child about college and careers for after high school. Remember, the earlier you begin talking about college, the better.
  • Provide exposure to activities and experiences to broaden their understanding of the work around them. Visit learning places, such as parks, museums, zoos, colleges and universities, and local landmarks with your children.
  • Make learning relevant by asking your child to count money, write grocery lists, calculate costs, read menus, read the newspaper, write letters – all activities that require them to use the information they are learning in school.
  • Know important dates for your child by monitoring school websites and District calendars.
  • Talk to and listen to your child every day!