Our education system has changed a lot over the last few decades, however family engagement remains critical to student achievement.
Research has shown that there are many benefits to being involved in your child’s education. No matter their income or background, students with involved parents are likely to have higher grades and test scores, and attend school regularly.
When students are supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement. Children of involved parents feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected in the home and at school.
Being an involved parent has numerous benefits for parents as well as well as the student. By walking alongside their child’s education journey, parents are likely to be sensitive to their child’s emotional and social needs. This involvement creates ties and strengthens bonds with children. It can also boost a parents confidence when making decisions about your child’s education.
Parental involvement leads to stronger and engaged relationships with your school. When both a parent and the school are engaged, this leads to clearer communication between teachers, parents and children. This gives parents confidence in the school’s approach to education and learning. Schools that have high levels of engagement with parents experience better community support and positive reputations.
Successful parent involvement is defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent or primary caregiver in the education of his or her child. At PALCS, we want you to be engaged in your child’s education, as well as with your school and support systems.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
PALCSchool Lobby Login
Upon enrollment, parents receive their own PALCSchool login. Parents have access to see everything their child sees. This includes grades, lessons, assignments and schedules. Parents can access teacher and staff contact information and view upcoming events and announcements.
With access to all of your students’ coursework and grades, it is much easier to stay on top of upcoming assignments and make sure your child is not falling behind!
Follow our Social Accounts
We have a very active social media community. You can follow PALCS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our social platforms are a great resource to find information about events and things taking place within the school. Through out the year we engage our community with quizzes, trivia etc. Families often win PALCS swag or tickets to sporting events, museums, or the zoo etc to our followers.
Here at PALCS, we give our families the opportunity to share their stories and tell others about why they came to PALCS and what makes them unique! Our social accounts are also another great place to meet other parents!
Get involved in field trips, clubs, or events!
PALCS understands the importance of connecting our students socially. In addition to online student activities and clubs, PALCS organizes field trips throughout the school year, all over Pennsylvania. Our field trips are both educational and engaging for the whole family.
Be involved in learning activities at home!
School isn’t the only place for learning activities. When your child is at home, our parents become teachers. But, everything doesn’t have to feel like a classroom lesson. Get your kids excited about discovering something new by disguising the learning activities as fun time.
Parents can demonstrate involvement at home-by reading with their children or helping with homework for example. Schools with involved parents, engage those parents, communicate with them regularly, and incorporate them into the learning process.
PALCSchool Parent Network
The PALCS Parent Network is a place for PALCS parents to connect and engage in topical conversations. In this forum, parents can ask other parents for helpful tips, connect with other families in their areas, or just provide support in a range of various topics.
The PALCS Parent Network is monitored and supported by our Parent Network Coordinator, Mrs. Dianne Linskey, who is available to answer questions or provide resources to the group. Mrs. Linskey encourages our families and parents to “Get Connected!”
“You are not alone in your decision to make your child’s education a unique and positive experience. I encourage you to visit the PALCS Parent Network (PPN) and meet fellow PALCS parents and guardians. Say hello, ask questions, share challenges, and learn from the experts,” Mrs. Linskey adds.
“Wondering if there are other PALCS families in your neighborhood? The new PALCS Family Directory is just a click away while you are in PPN!”
Being involved shows your child you care about his or her education and schooling. That in itself can make children appreciate the importance of education and help them to understand that what they are doing has a purpose.
To learn more about PALCS- visit our FAQ page.