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20 — Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, August 3, 2017 1601 Edgerton Street • 919-735-1931 • Full-day Pre-K through Eighth Grade Classes for the 2017-2018 Academic Year! Some Openings Still Available EVERYONE WELCOME! Saint Mary Catholic School Saint Mary Catholic School Saint Mary Catholic School Keeping Spirit & Faith In Education Since 1927 Keeping Spirit & Faith In Education Since 1927 Keeping Spirit & Faith In Education Since 1927 47DSP0717J© It's Back to School Time! Great Harvest Bread Co. 1721 East Ash Street, Goldsboro (919) 288-2401 M-F 7am-6pm/Sat 7am-3pm Pack your lunch with 100% whole grain breads from Great Harvest! Bread. The way it ought to be. Present this coupon for $2.00 off any loaf of sandwich bread. Expires 9/9/17 50DSP0717J© By JOEY PITCHFORD As teachers and families get ready to start the school year, a sure-fire way to improve your child's school performance is to stay in contact with their teach- ers. Maintaining an open line of communication between parents and teachers is important to the success of students at any level, from kindergarteners to high school seniors. Caroline Brown, parent involvement coordinator for Wayne County Public Schools, said that parents are instrumen- tal in making sure a child gets a good education. "We at Wayne County Public Schools believe that the parent is the child's first and foremost teacher." she said. To be active in your child's education means paying atten- tion to their grades, as well as any materials coming home from teachers. "We try to encourage parents to monitor what is coming home with their child," Ms. Brown said. "Monitor their grades and progress reports, and for parents of younger children that means checking the bookbag." As parent involvement coordi- nator, Ms. Brown works with parent coordinators at individual schools to help them bring par- ents into the process. At the district level, she over- sees parent seminars in the spring and fall, which she said are great opportunities for par- ents to get more information on how to be an active part of their child's education. Ways to do that involve work- ing with teachers to address a student's specific needs. If a student is struggling in a particular subject, for instance, parents and teachers can work together to develop a comprehen- sive plan that helps the student learn both at home and at school. This could involve an Individualized Education Program or a 504 plan, both of which will help shape instruction to deal with a student's difficul- ties or disabilities in the class- room. The school system has tools to help parents keep up to date with their children's academics, Ms. Brown said. The Homebase program, which Wayne County parents can log into from home, allows parents to check up on their child's grades and attendance all throughout the year. This, Ms. Brown said, is a great way to stay on top of how things are going. Knowing is half the battle, and making sure you as a parent are able to initiate conversation with a teacher is just as important as receiving the information that teacher sends home. By PHYLLIS MOORE Many parents of school-age children have likely got that back-to-school shopping down to a science. Check out sales flyers and store sales for every possible bargain,then fan out like it's Black Friday. Some of the items kids need will vary by teacher and grade level,but for the most part you're safe with the staples — notebook paper,pens and pencils and a bookbag large enough to hold all the belongings. To be safe,check out which stores might offer supply lists for the schools in that community. Or go online sites for specified items that are requested,required or not allowed. For the younger grades,expect stu- dents to need binders,composition books,pencil box,crayons,colored pen- cils or markers,children's scissors, glue,erasers and in some cases,ear buds for computer use. Some teachers put out a list of things they recommend the child bring,like tissues,baby wipes and hand sanitizer. Again,it's best to check out the pref- erences before investing. There may also be "wish lists"that educators have that'll be helpful dur- ing the school year. These are typically items that will come in handy for the class as a whole, and for teachers to have on hand. For example,zip-lock bags of all sizes,band-aids (latex free),treats like candy,pencils,neat erasers,stickers or small toys;liquid hand soap,Clorox wipes and paper towels. Older grades,like fourth and fifth, may have more specific things,like a one-inch or three-inch binder,a marble composition book,clip board and four- pocket folders. And of course,students entering middle or high school will likely have a lengthier list,pertinent to the class — like a specialized calculator,technolo- gy-related provisions like a thumb drive. It's definitely a good idea to check the district's website as it contains individual links to the various schools. The main thing is to take advantage of early sales for as many items as possible — from pens and pencils and stocking up on notebook paper and composition books — as well as cloth- ing and shoes,which are probably going on throughout the last weeks leading up to the start of school. Basic school supplies necessary,but some different for various grades Parents and teachers need to work together to ensure child is successful at school If your school is having a special event you would like to have in the News-Argus,call us at 919-778-2211 in advance to let us know about it.

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