February 10th, 2020
By Cindy Mitchell – Cindy is the Blog Coordinator for the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). Cindy is the proud mom of two boys, one of who attends Westheights Public School and the other who attends Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (FHCI). Cindy is also the Chair of the PIC Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools sub-committee and is a passionate advocate for openness and inclusivity in our schools and communities.
On a crisp Fall evening in 2017, while attending a Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils (WRAPSC) meeting, I listened to Brent Hutzel, then Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Co-Chair, describe a new initiative called, “WRSDB Parent Posts – written by parents, for parents.”
The vision was simple: parent posts – a place where Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) parents can share with other parents and caregivers.
What are Parent Posts?
Parent Posts is a blog series that covers a range of topics that are of interest to WRDSB families. Topics could include children’s physical and mental health, solutions for parenting in a digital world, and honest and open sharing about personal journeys through difficult times. The underlying message in every Parent Post is a desire to reach out and create community through understanding and solidarity, as parents and caregivers, within our school communities.
This initiative speaks to the commitment made by WRSDB and PIC to further deepen parent engagement and involvement in each and every child’s education. When we as parents and caregivers are engaged in our children’s education, our children’s achievement increases.
As Brent shared in his first Parent Post, “some of the most valuable parent information I have ever received has been at my daughter’s school bus stop. I am confident that I am not alone when I make this statement, as it is a universal fact that parents help parents. After all, we are in this together.”
What can you expect from Parent Posts?
PIC, through this blog series, aims to share information, collaborate with the parent community, humanize (or “parent-ize”) information from the board, provide resources, and be a helping hand in your journey as your child(ren) progresses from JK to Grade 12, and beyond.
How can you get involved?
We would love to hear from you as we strive to reach and engage with WRDSB parents and caregivers through these blog posts. Is there a topic or issue you want to hear more about? Do you have an idea for a future post? Or, best of all, do you want to author a Parent Post yourself?
It is your voice we want to hear. Contact me with your thoughts, ideas and submissions at email@example.com. Feel free to share with us in the language of your choice. I also encourage you to take advantage of these other invaluable PIC parent resources:
- Follow PIC on Twitter @PicWRDSB
- Check out the PIC Facebook page
- Visit the PIC website
- Connect with PIC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned to www.wrdsb.ca for future parent blog posts. You can subscribe to posts by entering your email at the bottom of the webpage, under “Stay Connected.”
We look forward to continuing our collaborative Parent Posts initiative with you! At WRDSB, our students are first – each and every one – and behind each successful student, is an engaged parent.