The Chaparral High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is one of 100 PTAs across the country, including 22 in California, to be awarded a grant by National PTA for its efforts to improve family engagement and safety awareness.
Grants are awarded annually in conjunction with PTA Take Your Family to School Week, which is traditionally held nationally Feb. 18-22.
The special week encourages schools to open their doors to families so that they are engaged in their student’s education and overall well-being.
“CHS PTSA has sponsored Puma Parent Day, an opportunity for parents/guardians to shadow their students through a typical school day, for the past four years,” Brenda Coalter, CHS PTSA president, said in a released statement.
“In 2011, at the request of participating parents, we expanded this effort to two days, one per each semester, to give parents an additional day to experience classes with their students. We’ve had great support from administrators and teachers in holding these events on a late-start Monday, which is a slightly shorter day. Our second Puma Parent Day for 2012-13 is coming up on Jan. 28, starting with a welcome presentation at 8 a.m. in the staff lounge,” she noted.
The first class starts at 8:37 a.m.
Throughout Take Your Family to School Week, local PTAs host family-focused events. As a requirement for this year’s National PTA grants, PTAs must host at least one presentation with an emphasis on safety either at home or at play. CHS PTSA is working with Safe Kids Worldwide and plans to announce its safety presentation dates shortly.
“Among our goals this year, we are delighted to share with parents, especially dads and dad figures, the launch of our CHS Puma Watch D.O.G.S Program, which stands for Dads of Great Students,” Coalter added. “The Watch D.O.G.S program is a National PTA Partner and is well established on elementary and middle school campuses. In Temecula, we are pleased to have it start at the secondary level at Chaparral. This is an exciting opportunity for male role models to be on our campus and interact with students, as well as provide additional eyes and ears,” she said.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering, a non-profit research and education organization whose mission is to champion the role of responsible fatherhood by inspiring and equipping men to be more engaged in the lives of children.
For more information on Puma Parent Day, contact Coalter at email@example.com or call the school at 695-4200.
*Contributed by Chaparral High School