Back-to-school in Virginia Beach, whether it comes with the thrill or trepidation of the unknown – a new school, new schedule, new friends, & teachers, is a great time for families to take stock and make a new start.
Whether students are in elementary, middle, or highschool, making time to attend school Orientation and/or Open House is a great way for parents to introduce themselves to the teachers as an advocate for their student’s scholarship and to show support to the teachers. It also is a good example for parents to show students, helping to reinforce the idea that school is a priority in a family’s life.
Orientation, which occurs before the first day of school, allows a new student to find his way around an unfamiliar building with less stress than after school begins. Even Kindergarten Orientation is available and plenty of additional information is offered for families of new Kindergarteners.
Bringing a returning student to Open House allows him the opportunity to “show-off” his knowledge or past experiences and stories. It also can provide great one-on-one time for parents and children.
What to expect
School orientation and open houses are notoriously busy with excited students greeting each other and parents exchanging wise looks as they shuffle through the crowded hallways. Still, from the informative and organized outlook given during the formal welcome in school auditoriums to the smell of paper reams and pencil sharpenings in the classrooms, even introverted parents can find a comfort level and take their student to Orientation or Open House.
Parents should bring their student’s schedule (which are mailed out August 26th, 2010) and a pen or pencil.
Bells are rung to help keep the orientation moving along, as parents and students follow an abbreviated schedule. Parents are asked to fill out a sign-up sheet as they enter a class, giving their name and (optional) email address. Having a parent email address helps the teachers to keep in contact throughout the year.
Parents often receive a list of classroom expectations and sometimes a course syllabus or listing of main projects. Teachers hand out their own contact information, and invite parents to keep in touch. Then, teachers tell parents and attending students about the main points of the courses they’ll be teaching.
Sign-ups are sometimes available in the lobbies for parents to get involved in the PTA, and sometimes, school items, such as t-shirts or PE uniforms may be available for purchase.
Plenty of staff is available to assist and maps are given out in the lobbies or auditoriums at the beginning of the event.
Orientation and Open House links: