The St. Bernard Parish Public School System works closely with parents and families to help ensure student success. This month several school administrators opened their doors to parents and grandparents to celebrate the one thing they have in common – their children.
St. Bernard Middle School hosted two parent events this month in hopes of bridging the gap between parents, teachers, and administrators – Moms and Muffins and Dads and Donuts. With over 120 parents in attendance, Principal Angela Seibert said that the events were a huge success.
“We love our students so much, and we just want the parents to know it and see it,” Seibert said. “But you know, caring for their children means we care for them too. We probably had about 40 moms at Moms and Muffins, but the dads just had to out-do the moms. We had over 80! It was a wonderful event with lots of laughter, talk over coffee, and, of course, donuts.”
At several of the elementary schools this month, grandparents enjoyed snacks and activities at Grandparents Day. While several of the elementary schools hosted this event in September, all of the district’s elementary schools will host Grandparents Day at some point this school year.
Superintendent Doris Voitier said parents or other caregivers involvement is critical.
“Ongoing research indicates that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. As a school district, we are always looking to improve our connection with our families, and we make every effort to prioritize this relationship as it is one of the most important factors in our students’ educational success,” she said.
Parents or caregivers looking to get involved in their children’s school can contact the principal or visit the school’s website. A list of school websites can be found at www.sbpsb.org.