Monday, September 28, 2009

Family Resource Group update

Together we can be wiser than any one of us can be alone.
We need to know how to tap that wisdom
(Tom Atlee)

In the spring of 2008 some parents and the administration of the Elementary School initiated a group called Family Resource Group (FRG) to promote family involvement in the Elementary School. The diversity and energy of families who send their children to KIS has such rich potential that we would like to find as many ways as possible to build on this for all our children.

The objectives of this group are:

• to encourage consistent communication between parents, teachers and administration
• to support one another as families living here at KIS

• to create a place for reflection, discussion and contribution to our school
• to provide an opportunity for parents of residential students to participate in their children’s

life and the life of the school community

We meet periodically to share our experiences and ideas among ourselves and with the school. We schedule our meetings in such a way that as many parents as possible can participate in them. These meetings are inspiring and encourage us to become aware of our own approaches in raising our children and the expectations we have from an educational institution. Last years participants expressed a sincere interest in this kind of involvement. They felt enriched and encouraged to communicate constructively with other parents, teachers and the school administration who they felt supported and enabled in contributing to their vision that everybody – be it teacher, parent or administration – share his/her expertise for the best of our children. They would like to see the group grow and encourage the participation of everyone belonging to this learning community. Parents are keen to see and experience hands on, as to how their children are learning and growing. Sharing the perspectives and views of parents allows the teachers and school administration to receive consistent feedback and ideas from families.

Another way to connect with our children, their friends, teachers and other parents is by volunteering our skills, talents and time to the school. In the past parents have been involved in various activities such as helping with class projects, supporting school events and activities, preparing teaching material, to name a few. Our experience shows us that good communication structures and our willingness to nurture our strengths to empower this community are very purposeful.

This academic year brought new changes and challenges with the move of grades 7 and 8 to the Ganga compound. The FRG (Family Resource Group) hopes that parents of grades 7 and 8 students will make use of this opportunity as well and become involved with all the activities of the group and the school.

Parents of KG through grade 8 students will meet again on Thursday, October 8 2009 from 4.45 to 6.00 pm on Ganga campus. We as a group would like to encourage all parents to step forward and be a part of their child/children’s life at school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

Hemma Wuthrich / Anu Vedmurthy / Brian Nelsen
Family Resource Group