Even now, in the age of LSCs and email and translated materials, lots of CPS parents still feel like schools are hostile or at very least foreign territory for them. The security guard at the front desk sometimes doesn't help, and harried clerks can seem unconcerned or too busy to help a nervous parent figure out who she (or he) needs to talk to. Sending things home in kids' backpacks is just plain lazy, I think -- one way communication at the school's convenience, when in fact engaged parents are instrumental to the school's success.
That's what makes this Washington Post set of dos and don't so interesting, especially with the approach of report card pickup day (Tips for a Better Parent-School Relationship). Check it out, and you'll see. It's not that hard.
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