Parent involvement key to education

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Parent involvement key to education

by: Marie Lewis | .
DODEA Okinawa | .
published: August 30, 2013

Congratulations parents and students, you’ve survived the first week of school! This is an extremely busy time of year for both educators and families — especially those of you who have just arrived on Okinawa.

We at the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity Okinawa District want you to know we are here to help, and we are eager to partner with you to set your child up for success this school year.

Quality education is a team effort. The personal responsibility you teach at home carries over to the classroom. Our teachers strive to provide rigorous and engaging lessons, but you are your child’s best teacher. That is why taking an active role in their education is so critical.

Throughout the month of September, each of DODEA Okinawa District’s 13 schools will be hosting an open house. This is the perfect opportunity to meet
your child’s principal and teachers and see firsthand what is happening inside the classroom. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. Your children are eager to share their accomplishments, and they thrive off of your enthusiasm.

Whether your child is new to Okinawa or returning to school here for another year, they will be surrounded by new faces. Encourage your child to sign
up for a club or sport. DODEA Okinawa District offers a wide variety of academic, musical and athletic opportunities that support educational and social
development. Okinawa is a wonderful place to make lasting friendships.

In an environment as fluid as a military community, the needs of our student population are in a state of constant change, and communication is key. The stronger the relationship between you and your child’s educators, the greater our ability to meet every child’s unique needs.

Throughout the school year, avoid “cruise control” mode and continue to engage your child. Ask them about their day, and when they share something that happened at school, dig a little deeper. Kids need to know we care. Don’t be shy about talking to your child’s teacher if you have a concern.  Our top priority is to provide an outstanding education in a safe, enriching environment, and we can’t do it without your support.

Lewis is the DODEA Okinawa District news liaison.

Open House Schedule

Amelia Earhart International School
Sept. 5 @ 3:15-4 p.m.

Bob Hope Primary School
Sept. 5 @ 4-5 p.m.

Kubasaki High School
Sept. 5 @ 5-7 p.m.

Zukeran Elementary School
Sept. 12 @ 3 p.m.

Kinser Elementary School
Sept. 12 @ 4:15 p.m.

E.C. Killin Elementary School
Sept. 12 @ 5 p.m.

Kadena Elementary School
Sept. 12 @ 5:30 p.m.

Bechtel Elementary School
Sept. 12 @ 5-6:30 p.m.

Kadena Middle School
Sept. 19 @ 5-7 p.m.

Lester Middle School
Sept. 19 @ 5-7 p.m.

Ryukyu Middle School
Sept. 19 @ 5-7 p.m.

Kadena High School
Sept. 26 @ 5-7 p.m.