My Moment - Day 33 - Celebrating Parents

If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.

As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the moments that make up my day. The moments at home, the moments at work and the moments that happen in between.

At the beginning of the school year I challenged all of our parents to find their place within our school community. It started by setting up ice cream socials within the neighborhood to connect and be present. No pressure to attend, no sales pitch. Just the opportunity for parents to be reminded their children attend a school that is truly a part of the community. Building on momentum created over the summer and into the school months, we challenged parents to be one of three things. We challenged parents to be informed, be involved or be empowered. Each of our parents is at a different place and depending upon where they are, they have the opportunity to be one of these three things. So what do these three things mean? 

Informed
Being an informed parent means you are knowledgeable about what is taking place within your son/daughter's school day. Parents may be informed by notes/fliers that are sent home, by receiving emails, checking social media or by simply talking with their children and checking their agenda. As a campus, we use a variety of communication options and I tease parents, "If you do not know what is taking place at school, it is because you are choosing to be un-informed and that is unacceptable." 

Involved
Throughout the school year we host a series of parent learning opportunities, after school music performances and school wide events in addition to the more traditional parent conferences, class parties and volunteer opportunities that exist in an elementary school setting. An involved parent is in attendance at some of these events. I will be the first to admit, it is not reasonable to expect every parent to attend every event, but an involved parent will do their best to attend the events that meet their needs and support their son/daughter's development. 

Empowered 
All parents can be difference makers in one way or another. By being informed you support making a difference through the conversations and expectations you hold for your children. By being involved, you support your children and the school community through your participation. Then you have the parents who are informed, involved and empowered. The empowered parent is the parent who is on campus, creating the involvement opportunities, rallying other parents to become more involved and stops at nothing to create the parent/school partnership we desire to build and sustain. 

Tonight I will be attending a PTA Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet recognizing PTA members and parents who have made contributions, both big and small to the schools their children attend. It's easy to recognize the empowered parents at an event such as this, and to be honest, I am not sure where I would be without our group of Sigler Elementary empowered parents, but do not forget about the involved and informed parents. These are the quiet parents. They come in, attend events when they can, support the heck out of our teachers and then they leave, feeling proud of being a part of a school community that recognizes they are giving what they have to give. I am blessed to be a part of a school community who supports the campus vision, supports the teachers and staff, embraces the same values and ultimately wants what is best for ALL students. 

Tonight we will recognize PTA members who are making a difference in schools, but as I walk across the stage, pausing to share the moment with the deserving,  I will be celebrating ALL of our parents. Whether they are informed, involved or empowered, each plays a role that is invaluable to the work we do in schools and the work we do at Sigler Elementary. 

What was your moment today? 

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