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Working with the TeacherWorking with the Teacher<h2>Work with the Teacher</h2><p>One of the best ways to support your child’s education is to be involved. In Canada, parents are encouraged to be active in their child’s education. Parents are expected to talk to their kids about school, ask about homework, and meet their child’s teacher. If parents have questions or concerns, they are welcome to talk to the teacher or principal.  </p><p>There are several opportunities for parents to come into the school and meet their child’s teachers.  These may include “meet the teacher nights” and “student lead conferences.” However, parents are also welcome to speak with their child’s teacher at any other point during the school year. If a parent has a particular question or concern, it is best to phone or email to set up an appointment with the teacher. An appointment will allow time for the teacher to prepare and provide detailed answers. ​</p>
HomeworkHomework<h2>Homework </h2><p>Sometimes students are required to take work home from school. For example, students may be asked to complete work that was started in class, study for tests, complete assigned readings, or work on a research project. There is no “right amount of time” a student should spend on homework. Students learn at different paces. It is important for students to practice what they are learning in school; however, it is also important for students to have time to relax and play. It is suggested that younger students begin with less homework and then gradually increase the amount of time spent as they age.  ​</p>
Extracurricular ActivitiesExtracurricular Activities<h2>Extracurricular Activities</h2><p>Extracurricular activities are activities that are not a part of the regular curriculum. Often these activities take place before or after school; however, sometimes they will take place during school time, such as during a lunch break. Many activities are open to all students, and teachers volunteer to supervise and facilitate the activity. Participating in these activities is voluntary. Some examples of extracurricular activities/clubs include drama, debate, student government, music, art, student newspapers, sports, and chess. Getting involved in extracurricular activities is an opportunity for students to make new friends, explore new interests, and learn new skills.    ​</p>
Field TripsField Trips<h2>Field Trips</h2><p>Field trips, also known as school trips, refer to learning activities students do as a class, outside of the regular school environment. It provides students with a learning opportunity different from their every-day classroom lessons. On field trips, students are able to apply some of the lessons they are learning in class to the outside world.</p><p>Field trips often take place during normal school hours. There are usually fees associated with attending a field trip. Before students are able to attend a field trip, they usually need to have a signed form from a parent saying they are allowed to attend.</p><p>Often on field trips, parents are allowed to come and help supervise the children. This is a good way for parents to be more involved with the school community.​</p>
Parent Involvement Committees and Parent CouncilsParent Involvement Committees and Parent Councils<h2>Parent Involvement Committee and Parent Councils</h2><p>Parents are encouraged to be a part of their child’s education. One way to do this is to be a part of parent involvement committees or school councils. These groups are an opportunity for parents to actively participate in decisions that affect the school community.</p><p>To learn more about parent involvement committees and school councils that are available through your school board, contact your school board.​</p>