Parent Handbook

Swim With The Dolphins at Diven Elementary School |  A home/school Dolphin partnership for success!

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Did you know that dolphins often set aside their own needs to help each other? When a pod member needs support, a pair of dolphins, one on each side will stay beside it, lifting it to the surface to breathe if necessary, until it recovers the strength to swim for itself. At Diven, home and school families can pair up to offer this same type of support for learning. We know that your child will learn more and be happier if we work together as a team. When home and school are partners, children learn best!

As an essential partner in learning, here’s how you can help:

Make School Important

Insist on good attendance and punctuality. Every minute of learning time counts!
School success goes hand in hand with good attendance. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and about themselves. Start building a positive attendance habit early in the primary grades so your child learns right away that going to school on time, every day is important.

You can think about good attendance as a traffic light.

Green stands for Go! I’m here and ready to learn! 9 or fewer absences during the year

Yellow stands for Slow! I can do better. 10-17 days of absences during the year

Red stands for Whoa! I’m not here. I can’t learn. 18 or more absences during the year

Do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Diven team if you need attendance assistance during the year.

With the exception of emergency situations, please avoid requests to have your child dismissed early.

Get Involved

Meet with your child’s teacher and attend school events.

Decades of research strongly suggest that families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. Students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level courses, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved
behavior, adapt well to school, graduate and go on to post-secondary education. In short, when parents are involved in education, children do better in school, and schools get better. This year, we are seeking 100% family participation in the following school events:

Open House September 19, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm
Classroom Visitation Focus Event Fall: TBD by individual classroom teachers
Mid-Year Showcase Event January 30, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm
Super Goal Scholar Day June of 2020 (date TBD)
Each event will help you to support your child’s learning goals, effort and achievement in both head and heart learning. Please stay tuned for future dates and help us meet our 100% goal!

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about how your child is doing, please let us know right away.

The earlier we can address a problem together, the better we can work it out. By working together, we’ll be sure your child gets off to a good start now, and has a successful school experience every year!

Commit to Swimming With The Dolphins this year!