Links for Parents
See more links for academic games for children on "Learning at Home" section.
Association for Library Service to Children
Boston Public Library
Boston Public Schools Guide
Boston Public Schools
BPS in the News
Federation for Children with Special Needs
First In Math
The Library of Congress
Reading Is Fundamental
Special Education Resources
Boston Websites of Interest
African-American National Historic Site
Boston Children's Museum
Boston Hatian Reporter
Boston Nature Center
Boston Red Sox
Boston Symphony Orchestra
City of Boston: Official Site
El Planeta/ Tu Boston newspaper
FORCV - Cape Verdean News Site
Franklin Park Zoo
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
National Park Service
New England Aquarium
New England Patriots
Strong Women, Strong Girls
Upham's Corner News
USS Constitution Museum
Ways to Get Involved at the Winthrop School
The families at the Winthrop School are our most important resource! Families help assure children arrive to school on time, in uniform, and ready to learn. Families also support our school by making sure that students have a designated, quiet space for homework. We understand that the level of partnership a parent/guardian can provide varies from family to family, and we appreciate families doing what they can to partner in their student's success at school! We are thrilled to have a Family and Community Outreach Coordinator, David Ramos, on staff to support families - striving to increase parental involvement, connecting community organizations to our school, matching services with families, and organizing parent/family workshops and special events.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
When parents are involved in the educational process, students achieve more, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parent's level of education. Adapted from 2002 National Center for School Engagement
Click here to access The Winthrop Elementary School's Family Handbook:
There are many, many ways to get involved and support the Winthrop School as a parent/guardian. Here are just a few...
School Parent Council
The School Parent Council (SPC) brings all parents in the school community together to support the school and advocate for quality education. Every parent or guardian of a Winthrop student is automatically a member of the Winthrop School Parent Council. The SPC works closely with the School Site Council to review the school’s budget, recommend programs, sponsor events, solve problems, and raise funds for special school activities. Parents who are interested in leadership opportunities should consider running for SPC chairperson, secretary, and/or treasurer. Elections are held in the fall of each school year. Minutes from monthly SPC meetings are sent home to families the week following each meeting.
School Site Council
School Site Council (SSC) is a governing body of the Winthrop School comprised of the principal, parents, and teachers. The School Site Council meets monthly and makes decisions and creates policy on behalf of the school, including determining the school's dress code policy, designing and approving the home-school compact, and approving school rules. Elections for SSC membership take place in the fall of each school year. Minutes from monthly SSC meetings are sent home to families the week following each meeting.
ELECTIONS FOR BOTH COUNCILS WERE HELD ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th @ OUR FAMILY HARVEST POTLUCK DINNER!
There are frequent opportunities to volunteer and get involved at the Winthrop School. Let your child's teacher know how YOU want to get involved!
Parent University, a nationally recognized BPS initiative
What is Parent University?
Parent University is an opportunity for parents to sharpen their skills as they work in one of life's most important and demanding roles. The program provides parents and caregivers with information about their vital responsibility in shaping children's lives. The Parent University sessions focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills.
What will I learn?
Parent University learning sessions are focused on four areas that support parents in ways that empower them to become leaders and advocates for student learning and school improvement.
• Parents are Teachers – provides a clearer understanding of how children grow and learn and the teaching & learning approaches in BPS
• Parents are Advocates – builds capacity to advocate for their child, understand the standards and expectations for learning and support learning at home
• Parents are Leaders – provides the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in their schools and community
• Parents are Learners – provides the opportunity to build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth
How does Parent University work?
Parent University offers three day-long Saturday learning sessions during the academic year: one each in October, January, and May, with additional sessions offered throughout the year at schools, libraries and community centers. Parent University is free for all BPS parents. In June, there will be a Parent University graduation for parents who have completed a set of learning sessions.
Click here for more information: http://www.bpsparentuniversity.org
Next Parent University:TBA, 8:30am-3:30pm
Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA