Parent & Family Engagement
CHISD PFE Newsletter, Vol. II, 2nd 6 Weeks
Parent and Family Engagement in CHISD
Our mission in Parent and Family Engagement is to engage, educate, and empower families, the community, and school staff with resources and partnerships that foster the academic and personal growth of ALL students.
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New CHISD App: It's Everything Chapel Hill ISD, In Your Pocket
Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students
When kids have trouble with social-emotional skills, it may be uncomfortable to talk about the challenges they face. But it’s important to talk openly and show them there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
Talking about struggles with emotions and social skills shows that how your child feels matters to you. And it helps kids put into perspective that they may struggle with certain things, but not with everything
Find out what you can say, and when to say it. (Click here to read more on Understood.org)
9 SOLUTIONS FOR MORNING MADNESS
- Have a productive p.m. “Do as much as you can the night before,” says Sissy Biggers, a time-management expert in Fairfield, Connecticut. Pack your child’s lunch and her backpack, and have her pick out her clothes.
- Forgo 15 minutes of sleep. By waking up earlier than the rest of the family, you’ll have a sliver of quiet time to soak in the bathtub or savor a cup of coffee. No doubt, you’ll feel less rushed and better prepared to handle the day.
- Let routines rule. Have your child do the required activities, such as brushing teeth and getting dressed in the same order every morning, so he knows what comes next. Help him create a morning to-do list, so he can check off each job without being reminded.
- Don’t hesitate to delegate. Avoid arguments over who does what by assigning your kids regular morning chores, such as feeding the pet or clearing the table.
- Prepare for breakfast. At night, lay out cereal boxes, bowls, and spoons on the table. Make enough pancake batter on Sunday evenings for several days.
- Keep the TV off. This may cause grumbling, but watching cartoons or videos definitely distracts from the tasks at hand, says Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., a child psychologist and author of Playful Parenting.
- Lighten up. “If you’re tense in the morning, your child will pick up on it,” Dr. Cohen says. Instead of nagging her to get dressed, have a playful race to see who gets finished first.
- Stick to a strict bedtime. “If your child is hard to wake up and takes a long time to get ready in the morning, make his bedtime earlier,” Dr. Cohen suggests.
- Learn from your mistakes. If you have a frustrating morning, think about why it was so stressful. “By examining what went wrong today, you can figure out how to do things better tomorrow,” Biggers says.
Taken from the August issue of Parents Magazine
Online tutorials where you'll learn how to navigate and use our Skyward platform to stay up-to-date with student assignments, grades, and important announcements.
10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School
1. Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences
Preteens and teens do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school night at the start of the school year is a great way to get to know your child's teachers and their expectations.
2. Visit the School and Its Website
Knowing the physical layout of the school building and grounds can help you connect with your child when you talk about his or her school day.
3. Support Homework Expectations
During the middle school years, homework gets more intense and the time spent will probably be longer than during the elementary years
4. Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn
A nutritious breakfast fuels up middle schoolers and gets them ready for the day.
**All CHISD students receive breakfast for free!**
5. Instill Organization Skills
No one is born with great organizational skills — they have to be learned and practiced. Being organized is a key to success in middle school, where most students first encounter multiple teachers and classrooms on a daily basis, and where some students are participating in extracurricular or after-school activities for the first time.
6. Teach Study Skills
Planning is a big part of helping your middle-schooler study for tests now that he or she is juggling work from multiple teachers.
7. Know the Disciplinary and Bullying Policies
Schools usually cite disciplinary policies (sometimes called the student code of conduct) in student handbooks.
8. Get Involved
Volunteering at your child's middle school is a great way to show you're interested in his or her education.
9. Take Attendance Seriously
Middle schoolers should take a sick day if they have a fever, are nauseated, vomiting, or have diarrhea. Otherwise, it's important that they arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with classwork, projects, tests, and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
10. Make Time to Talk About School
Staying connected with preteens and teens as they grow more independent can be a challenge for parents, but it's more important than ever.
Taken from an article on Kidshealth.org, by Dr. Kathryn Hoffses, PhD
Chapel Hill & Our TJC Promise Program
Starting in your student's 10th-grade year, students are required to complete five hours of community service. In your student's 11th-grade and 12th-grade years, students are required to complete ten hours of community service.
For more information on community service please click on the link below to learn more.
Books Beginning at Birth, Sign Up! It's a Fun and Free Resource for Families
Books Beginning at Birth is a statewide program that provides young children from birth to age 4 and their families access to books and resources to support the development of early literacy skills and foster a love of reading.
All families can access an open library of hundreds of high-quality digital children’s books accompanied by videos and at-home literacy activities.
With a focus on young children residing in Texas Opportunity Zones, families may receive three FREE print books sent to their homes twice a year.
It Takes a Village, Join Us!
Chapel Hill ISD appreciates all who are willing to commit their time and energy to help Chapel Hill students succeed and provide an excellent place for learning for all students. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. We welcome volunteers to join our village and help us make our schools the best they can be.
Chapel Hill ISD offers volunteer opportunities to the following groups:
- Family Member
- Community Member
- Business Partner
Whether you serve as a parent or other family member, a community member, or a business partner, your participation as a volunteer is essential in developing our students.
Once approved as a volunteer, you can volunteer at any of our CHISD school campuses. Reach out to your students' home campus for volunteer information and opportunities.
We need You! Join our Facilities Advisory Committee
“We’re asking all stakeholders in our community to help transform our students' educational experience through innovative facilities suited for the 21st century,” Superintendent of School Lamond Dean said. “This year we’ll be revisiting and reviewing the Master Facility Improvement Plan. The plan was finalized by our previous committee, the Long Range Facility Planning Committee, and later approved by the School Board.”
In December of 2021, the School Board of Trustees approved the Master Facility Improvement Plan.
The members will collaborate, and together, provide trustees with recommendations on the district’s facilities, infrastructure, and proposed capital improvement projects.
Members will be provided with:
- Facility tours
- Presentations from experts
- Data analysis
- Group discussions
The in-person committee meetings will begin on Tuesday, October 18, and end Tuesday, December 6.
Click the button below to visit the Facility Advisory Committee's webpage.
Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator
Student Services Department
Chapel Hill ISD
Join us and become a member of our Parent and Family Engagement Advisory Committee!
Email Mrs. Perez for more information.