...and I'm really hoping it's true. Been a long week here.
Yesterday was busy, but I had lots of nice compliments on my school board presentation---including ones from the superintendent and one of the board members. There are also some other comments starting to bubble up: If kids take more science, what classes will they not be taking? We knew these would come. Jobs are at stake.
I went to represent the school district (along with a few others) at an event for parents last night. The event was specifically targeting parents of minority children---giving them an opportunity to find out how to connect with the schools and get more involved with their childrens' education. There were lots of tables in the "fair": local banks, girl scouts, school districts, support agencies, etc. A free dinner was prepared.
Four families showed up.
I had been warned that when events like this had been planned, that parents were scarce. That was certainly no lie. I felt rather embarrassed for the organizers of the event.
There was some good coversation with others in my district about what "good" parent involvement looks like. This is someting I've blogged about before. Last night, the Boss Lady mentioned that to her, good parent involvement means getting your kids off to school in the morning---cleaned, dressed, and fed---and checking in with them about assignments and school events in the evenings. Maybe it's not about having parents come to the school to volunteer. Maybe it's not about Open House or other events that try to lure parents to the buildings. Maybe it's just a matter of providing a good environment so that kids can come to school, ready to learn. And we'll take things from there.
After two sixteen-hour days in a row, I'm ready for a break. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's glad to see Friday on the calendar. Welcome back, old friend.