Help Needed: Parent Survey Provides Important Feedback

It’s hard to believe the school year is winding down? It feels like we’re just getting started!

Each year in an effort to understand how parents feel about their child’s educational experience, a survey is sent out. This survey will come home today. It’s a scantron form with spaces to provide written comments, too. Responses are private to encourage honest feedback.

The survey is available online and can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Please could you fill out either the paper or the online survey and help our district, site, and myself grow with your kind, specific, and helpful feedback?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

California Healthy Kids Survey Opportunity

Students and parents, we have a unique opportunity to tell the California Department of Education what we thinking about our school learning environment. It’s called the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).

The idea behind it is this: if we understand how kids feel, we can develop programs for youth that promote healthy lifestyles. That means promoting physical fitness and good nutritional habits; helping kids alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; promoting school safety; identifying what our strengths are as a school.

Parents, if you’d like to review the survey, it’s in our school office.

5th grade has been chosen, since this is the grade where students complete the California Physical Fitness Test, start learning about Family Life, and are at a pivotal point of maturation.

The CHKS is anonymous, voluntary, and requires a parent permission slip to answer.

As a parent of three daughters, I would encourage my own children to answer the questions honestly and openly. As an adult, I am always pleased when a state agency such as the California State Department of Education asks a child’s opinion on how they feel. That, in my own opinion, doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Permission slips will go out tomorrow. Please could you return them by Friday stating if you do or do not give permission?

The survey itself will be administered September 18 at school.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to make your child’s voice heard.

What’s Your Water Footprint?

Click HERE to access a water footprint calculator.

Students are beginning a study of water for the next few weeks. We’ll go online to review the calculator, and then I’ll ask students to come home and take the survey with a responsible family member who might know some of the numbers asked (i.e. How many loads of laundry each week? How many dollars in pet food spent each month?)

Please give it a try to find what your virtual water footprint is, so we can share how we’re consuming water in class!