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Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 2

January 15, 2016 01:20 PM
What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?
Parents will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. Since then, the event has spread to school districts across Illinois, and has been a great opportunity for parents to connect more with their students’ schools.
"Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education," Mrs. Kelly said. "Through Bring Your Parents to School, parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that Bring Your Parents to School Day is a way to encourage parents to be active in their student’s school.
"We encourage all parents to visit and learn about their students’ day at school," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "Parental involvement is critical to our students’ performance, and we want more parents to come into the schools throughout the day and continue to be active and engaged throughout the year."
Parents who attended the last Bring Your Parents to School Day in October 2015 said that they appreciated learning more about a typical day in their students’ school.
"I think it’s great to come along and see how much he’s paying attention to the teacher," said Ms. Jeanette Farley, who said that she took the day off from both of her jobs to be with her son, Joshua Farley, a Proviso East freshman. "It’s a great thing. He matters."
Mr. Steve Grapenthien attended Bring Your Parents to School Day in October with his daughter, Ashley Grapenthien, a PMSA freshman. He said that he found the day "interesting."
"It gives me an idea of how my daughter interacts with others and her teachers," he said. "It’s a chance to see the intensity of the classroom, and it puts some clarity into what they do all day and how I can help improve her performance."
Ms. Rosa Bautista, who was at Proviso West with her twin sons, Junior and Justin Bautista, Proviso West juniors, said that she enjoyed visiting on Bring Your Parents to School Day the last two years.
"I like knowing what they are doing in class," she said.
Doors open for "Bring Your Parent to School Day" at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2. We look forward to seeing you there! 


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