PTA Meeting: One of the Keys to a Child’s Success
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” ~Jane D. Hull~
The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) fosters partnerships between the school and the home and helps build community. It is a school-based organization with a mission to make the school a better place for children to learn. An active PTA can result in improved student performance, increased parental involvement in school activities, better communication between home and school, and improved teacher morale.
A parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to share the learners' academic progress and growth and keep parents informed about how the school works, upcoming events or activities, behavior concerns or any issues teachers have come across, and other pertinent information. This helps the school improve and ensures parents' voices are heard.
In line with this, Pinaglabanan Elementary School teachers conducted the first PTA meeting on September 8, 2023. The first part of the meeting officially started with the singing of a nationalistic song, followed by a prayer through an audio-visual presentation. Welcoming words to the parents were expressed by the advisers. The parents were asked to fill out the attendance sheet. About 80% of the parents' attendance was observed. Furthermore, the teachers introduced themselves as the advisers of their children for the academic year 2023-2024.
The learners' needs, such as color-coded notebooks, black or blue and green ballpoint pens, art supplies, and a personal hygiene kit, are on the meeting's initial agenda. Also mentioned were the daily attendance policy and the class program. When a child needed to be absent, parents were instructed to either send a message to the adviser or submit an excuse letter. It is imperative that parents pick up their children after class because staying after class is forbidden unless with parental permission or when it is their turn to tidy the classroom. Teachers also tackled the grading scheme, the required minimum of performance tasks and summative tests that should be given to the learners, and how to achieve the academic excellence award. Additionally, they were told to use the official advisers and parents group chat solely for announcements, reminders, or any other school-related activity. Moreover, the teachers emphasized that they should follow appropriate protocol when voicing any problems or issues, adhere to the dress code when entering the school, and the fact that they would be entertained after class. Parents were given a chance to clear their minds by asking questions during the open forum. Finally, the election of Homeroom PTA Officers proceeded. The newly elected HRPTA Officers of Grade V- Manuel Roxas gave a message of thanks, and then HRPTA President Mr. Ronald R. Bagus initiated a classroom project that was approved by the body. All matters were resolved, and the meeting was productive and adjourned on time.
Article Written by:
Wilma O. Rosales
Teacher III – Pinaglabanan Elementary School