By Sarah Racioppa
"We see better academic achievements when parents are engaged in their children's schooling." Tammy Hack, Principal at Forest View Public School in Oshawa, is dedicated to creating and maintaining a strong bond between school staff and parents.
Since Forest View PS opened as a singular school (formerly Athabasca Street PS and Grandview PS) four years ago, the staff has run various forms of a 'back to school' event. Hack says that this year is special because the staff is cooking for the families, "It's just one more way we can show that we want to serve our community."
"The Welcome Back BBQ and Curriculum Night was created so that parents and teachers can come together to ensure they have the same purpose for the student, so that the student is working towards excellence," explains Hack.
On September 12, from 5 to 6 pm school community members were free to mingle, and enjoy a delicious burger and a refreshing beverage. From 6 to 7 pm, parents were invited into their child's classroom to informally chat with their teachers and get an in-depth sense of what goes on in the classroom.
In the library students had the opportunity to browse and buy from the first Scholastic Book Fair of the year.
Parents Tammy and R.J. Waddle attended the BBQ with their son Ronan. "We like being able to see his classroom and meet his teacher," says Tammy. Ronan just started Grade 1 and says he likes the BBQ because he gets to see his friends after school.
Hack says that if parents take away one thing from the BBQ, she hopes it's how much they value an open dialogue with parents and students at Forest View. "We really want them [parents] to know that our teachers are here if they have questions or concerns. It's not just a teacher in the classroom, it's a wrap-around community."