September 2011 Newsletter  ~  Vol. 1, No. 1


Welcome to BeThere@GCPS

Dear GCPS Parent,

While the school is the center of your student's formal education, your child spends about 70% of his or her waking hours outside of a school setting. That's why it's so important that adults look for those everyday teachable moments for the children in their lives. Connecting in meaningful ways reaps immense rewards at home, play, and school.


With this e-newsletter, we hope to connect you with online resources--website links, videos, and PDF tipsheets-- that will help you become more involved in your student's learning. This issue, we'll go Back-to-the-Basics to support those key skills associated with reading, writing, and mathematics.

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From staying connected to your teen's teachers to being an encouraging and supportive listener to communicating high but attainable expectations, there are plenty of ways to be part of your high school student's school life. Check out these tips for staying involved with your older child's education and watch "The Power of Expectations" on ParenTVision. (GCPS' award-winning "ParenTVision" series is hosted by a GCPS counselor who explores topics related to raising teens.) Recommend this episode of "The Author in You,"  with writer Katie Wood Ray, to your teen writer. Visit Latest Links for math resources from Khan Academy.

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Your middle schooler already may have come home with the year's first research project. How can you help? Review these tips for improving information literacy and brush up on the five-step research process your student is using. Concerned about the web surfing your student may have to do during the research phase? Learn more about parent control software with this video and this guide.

Author Tim Green talks to middle school writers in this episode of "The Author in You."

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Building a strong foundation is key to academic success. With your elementary student, you can boost skills with these tips for at-home math fun and reading reinforcers for your young reader. And here are teacher-tested tips to support learning for young children. Carmen Deedy-- beloved storyteller and author of "The Library Dragon," "Yellow Star," "14 Cows for America," and seven other books-- is host of GCPS' "Love That Book!" series. Enjoy watching Carmen at the Library  with your child!

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... Supporting literacy. Check out these tipsheets for parents.

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"In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering."

Benjamin Spock,  

Pediatrician and Author

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In This Issue
Teen Focus
In the Middle
Just Beginning
What You Need to Know About...
Speak Up
Making Every Day Count
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Parents helping parents to Be There for their children... Each month, we'll pose a question so you can share advice with other parents. We'll pull together a few of the answers to include in the next issue. There's no need to give us a name but please let us know the grade of your oldest child. The theme for the next issue of BeThere@GCPS is Safety and Wellness.


How can you "be there" for your child when it comes to keeping him or her safe and healthy?


Submit your suggestion.

Making Every Day Count

Add these special days to your calendar for another opportunity to connect with your student and make every day count:


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. On the website of the award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library, your student can sign-up for a library card, find research and homework support, and access resources especially for teens and for kids. Check out e-books for your reluctant reader, and Doggie Tales (for kids ages 5 to 10) to have a tail-wagging good time while practicing reading skills!


Fall into the Arts is a countywide celebration of the literacy, visual, and performing arts, with activities through the end of October. Teen Read Week is Oct. 16-21. The library has a photography contest and great programs planned for teen readers.


Look for safety and wellness calendar notes in the next issue.

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The web has great resources for supporting your student's learning. May we recommend...


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