We are always looking for that two-way connection between home and school.
Some schools, perhaps bigger institutions, may treat communication with parents as mechanical, secondary, or perhaps even as a nuisance.
But at PHCS, communication with parents is breath in our lungs. We desire to know your family and have your valuable input into the way we do things at PHCS. In order to offer "Whole-Hearted Education," We need parents. And not in a "take your place among the others and do your volunteer work to log your hours" way. We need to know you, to better serve you, so students can thrive at PHCS.
There is a place for you, as a parent, right here among us. The two-way connection between home and school creates a uniquely consistent experience for our children's education. Mrs. See makes a way for family volunteer hours to be fun and fulfilling, through recognizing a parent's/family-member's giftings and talents. One parent was extremely artistic, so she taught art once a week. Another parent was bilingual with a sweet heart for children, so she became our Spanish teacher. Another is studying to become a medical professional, and has become the science teacher for the K-1. Another parent is an aspiring author, so Mrs. See tapped her to co-write the school blog with her. (Hello!)
Now that we are in January, 'tis the season for checking in with our principal about what this season holds and what your plans are for re-enrollment.
Yes, we want to know if we will have the pleasure of seeing your child next year. Absolutely.
But we are also genuinely interested in how you are doing personally and as a family. We want to know what has changed and shifted for you and your family now that we are in January.
Optional Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up to check-in about your student's progress in class. And what about the things at home? How are you? How can we come-alongside you in this season to serve and encourage you?
This kind of communication is the doorway to bearing each other's burdens. You may find out that many other families are struggling in similar ways. As you chat with Mrs. See, you may find creative solutions together for the places in which you feel stuck right now.
This is the essence of PHCS: "Whole-Hearted Education:" developing our students and our families through knowing each others' strengths, weaknesses, victories, anxieties, joys, and sorrows. We are in this together. We cannot do this without one other.
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