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Helpful Resource from the California State PTA

posted Sep 2, 2015, 5:45 AM by Brian Lawler

The California State PTA puts out an incredible amount of support materials to help families support their child's education.  There is one that I found particularly informative about the LCFF and LCAP.  The State of California has put forth a set of priorities for every school in every district.  The PTA has put out an easy to understand handout on how parents can understand how their school is doing, which you can find here.

The renovations that the school is enduring at the moment will go a long way toward providing a great learning environment, but the shiny new facilities fade in comparison to the value of engaged teachers and families.  Take a look at the handout and see what you can do to help!

Health and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

posted Aug 19, 2015, 6:12 AM by Brian Lawler

As millions of California children return to school, the Paul Revere PTA and California State PTA offer advice on keeping kids healthy, active and learning.

“There is a clear connection between health, attendance and student achievement,” said California State PTA President Justine Fischer. “Active, well-nourished children have better attendance, stay in school and are ready to learn and succeed.” 

1. Health care is key

Children who are ill or in pain can't concentrate on -- and succeed in -- school. Regular physical and oral checkups and timely care are important for academic achievement, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing children and families new options 
for affordable, quality health coverage, immunizations and preventive services. Parents with uninsured or underinsured children can find
out more about new, affordable health care options from Covered California to keep their kids succeeding in school, health and life.

2. Nutrition keeps children growing and learning 

PTA launched United States schools' hot-and-healthy lunch programs 100 years ago because -- even back then -- the connection between nutrition and achievement was clear. Today's parents can help children reinforce healthy behaviors that last a lifetime by choosing a variety of nutrient-rich foods as the foundation of what they eat, not just at lunch at school but throughout the day. And take time – as frequently as possible – to eat together. Children who eat with their families regularly tend to eat healthier and have better nutritional status than those who do not. Family meals also are linked to improved language skills, better academic performance and a reduced risk of substance abuse and behavioral issues.

3. Active children have active minds

A significant body of research links regular physical activity with improved academic performance. Active play for 60 minutes a day improves students’ brain functions, concentration, memory, overall grades and performance on standardized tests. Activity can happen anywhere -- in the classroom, the gymnasium, even outside of school. Take a walk as a family or play tag together: The brain-boosting benefits of physical activity are not limited to children, and parents can set healthy examples for their children.

4. Kids can't learn -- and succeed -- if they're not at school

Chronic absenteeism — missing 10 percent or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused — is a proven early warning sign of academic risk and school dropout. According to the National Collaborative on Education and Health, while the causes of chronic absenteeism are multi-fold, research shows that student health issues are a leading contributor. These health issues include physical, mental, behavioral, vision, dental, social and emotional health issues in addition to issues connected to a child’s surrounding environment such as violence, housing insecurity and food insecurity. As a result, ensuring that students are healthy and attending school is a critical strategy for addressing chronic absenteeism -- and for ensuring student success.

5. Family engagement makes a difference

Parents' involvement in children's lives has been shown to reduce children's health-risk behaviors, improve their attitudes toward school and learning, and improve academic achievement and student success. With recent changes to how schools are funded, every school district in California must develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that describes how it will use funds to improve student achievement. Parents, community leaders, and students themselves have the opportunity to get engaged to set priorities and guide local decision making – including looking at what schools are doing to keep kids healthy and safe.  Parents and community leaders can participate in a school health advisory committee and evaluate the school wellness policy on a regular basis.

At Paul Revere, Physical Education and activity is an important part of every student's day.  In addition, the PTA also provides a snack program in partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank.  All students in the elementary school receive a healthy snack every day through this program.  In addition, on Tuesday mornings in the cafeteria we distribute food to families in our school community who are in need.  

For more back-to-school tips for parents and information on the importance of family engagement, visit www.capta.org  For more information about the work PTA is doing in schools and communities to promote effective health-education programs that support skill-building in children, youth and families to make healthy choices, parents and educators can sign up for California State PTA's free health newsletter.




About California State PTA 
California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's largest and highest profile volunteer association working to connect families and schools, and improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org. 

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