Branching Out

Charleston R-I Parent Newsletter - Fall 2019

Welcome to our NEW Parent Involvement Newsletter!

This is our very first edition of Branching Out, a Title I Parent Involvement Newsletter! We hope this quarterly newsletter will keep the parents of Charleston R-I School District connected and informed in a brand new way.

Branching Out is a project of Title I Parent Involvement - B.J. Babb, Parent Liaison. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Charleston R-I Central Office, (573)-683-3776 during regular business hours.

Parents: Sign the School-Parent-Student Compact!

The School-Parent-Student Compact below outlines how the entire school staff, parents, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. Once you have read the compact, please sign this digital form.

Fall Title Meeting, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:00pm at Charleston R-I Central Office

2 Documents Every Parent Should Read

Every year, Charleston R-I must make several important documents available to parents. See the documents attached below, and keep reading for more information.

The Complaint Procedures ESSA guide below explains how to file a complaint about any of the programs that are administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Last but not least, the Parent and Family Involvement Policy (IGBC) below highlights Board Policy IGBC, which deals with the District's goals and plans for engaging families in the education process.

Patriot Day, Honoring All Local Rescue Workers, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:15am to 1:05pm at Hearnes Elementary School

Help your child learn from mistakes this school year

It’s the beginning of a new school year and students have a fresh start. But it won’t be long before they make a mistake on a homework assignment or have a bad day—and that’s OK.

What matters is how children and parents respond to those mistakes. Instead of glossing over them, parents should help children learn from them. Research shows that when parents and teachers encourage students to learn from their errors, those children do better in school.

One reason may be that fixing mistakes shows kids they can improve— that “smarts” aren’t something they either have or they don’t. Intelligence can be increased. And when students understand their errors and don’t repeat them, they become more optimistic about their own brainpower.

When reviewing your child’s work this school year, first point out what he/she did well. Then, to help them learn from their mistakes:

  • Point them out. Rather than saying, “Don’t worry—you’ll do better on the next math test,” ask if he/she understands why their answers were wrong. If so, have them work the problems again. If they’re not sure, offer suggestions or encourage them to ask the teacher for help.

  • Praise progress. Did he/she miss only two problems on the latest math test? After reviewing mistakes, remind him/her that they are improving. Show them how paying attention to past mistakes—and correcting them—made a difference. The more they see this, the more they will believe in their ability to improve.

Source: H.S. Schroder and others, “Neural evidence for enhanced attention to mistakes among school-aged children with a growth mindset,” Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Elsevier B.V.

A child's ideas about education and its significance begin with the parent. ---Anonymous

Check your child's health insurance

Schools across Missouri received an important notice about Medicaid. Over 90,000 children in Missouri have been dropped from MO HealthNet (Medicaid) since Jan. 2018, and your child may be one of them.

Parents are urged to check their child's Medicaid status by visiting

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Teach your teenager how to be a more respectful person

Your teen rolled his eyes when you asked him to take out the garbage. He used a tone of voice that would have kept you grounded for life if you had tried to use it on your parents.

During adolescence, teens tend to focus inward, thinking mostly about themselves. It’s hard for them to do that and also hear Mom or Dad talking about homework or chores. So they sometimes shut parents out.

What can you do if your teen behaves in a disrespectful way? Try these ideas:

  • Be a model of respect. That doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect— who could be? But when you demonstrate your values, your teen will notice. “So that’s what being a respectful adult is like. I want to be like that, too.”
  • Let your teen know that having strong feelings is OK, but being disrespectful isn’t. Teens can— and do—get angry with parents. But that doesn’t mean they can use an inappropriate tone or foul language. Set boundaries.
  • Enforce consequences. Act quickly and calmly when your teen is disrespectful.

“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. —Maya Angelou