Parents Reaching Out Grants

Parents Reaching Out Success Stories

Britannia Public School – Mississauga
Peel District School Board
Homework Survival Strategies

Britannia Public School, a French Immersion school in Mississauga hosted two workshops for parents focusing on homework strategies, knowing your child, parenting skills and how to support school work at home.

Bruce Peninsula District Elementary School – Lion's Head
Bluewater DSB
Literacy on the Bruce

In an effort to help bridge gaps in literacy and to promote reading in the school and the community, Bruce Peninsula District Elementary School joined neighbouring area schools and invited a Métis author and boys literacy champion to speak to parents and community leaders about the power of literacy. The event was an important element of the school's effort to enhance parent engagement and support improved student achievement and well-being.

CC Carrothers Public School – London
Thames Valley District School Board
Books for Breakfast

CC Carrothers Public School held a series of breakfast and read sessions for parents and children entitled, “Books for Breakfast”. Guest authors met with them during the breakfast session and then provided a short program to parents discussing ways to build and enhance literacy skills and foster a love of reading with their children.

Collegiate Avenue School – Hamilton
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Translation Activities

Collegiate Avenue School reached out to Punjabi-speaking parents to foster a welcoming environment by providing important education information and updates in their first language by translating three selected newsletters into Punjabi. These newsletters were also posted on the school website to make them accessible to these parents and their extended family members.

École élémentaire Laure-Rièse – Toronto 
CSD du Centre Sud-Ouest
Success at School Begins with the Parents

L'école élémentaire Laure-Rièse invited a speaker to an interactive parent information evening to discuss new approaches and strategies so parents can learn how to help their children with homework.

ÉÉC Frère-André – Barrie
CSDC Centre-Sud
Workshop Day for Parents

L'école élémentaire catholique Frère-André offered parents a series of workshops on topics such as cyber-bullying, safe schools and special education. During the special education workshop, a psychologist spoke to parents about children with special needs and the importance of being supportive and empathic.

ÉÉC Sainte-Lucie – South Stormont
CSDC de l'Est ontarien
Informed and Engaged Parents

Throughout the school year l'école élémentaire catholique Sainte-Lucie organized a series of workshops for parents on various topics such as family literacy, positive and healthy discipline, cyber-bullying and internet safety, as well as the concerns of mixed families in which one partner has French as a mother tongue. Parents were also given a listing of community resources and services available to help them support their children's success.

Elgin Street Public School – Ottawa
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Parents Enriching Education

Elgin Street Public School invited parents to attend a series of three evening sessions throughout the school year where a speaker shared ideas with parents on how they could help them support their children's learning at home. Speakers focused on ways that parents can complement the learning that is going on in the classroom, then followed with a guided practice and discussion on how to apply these strategies at home with their children.

Michael J Brennan Separate School – St. Catharines
Niagara Catholic District School Board
Family Math Evening

Michael J Brennan Separate Schoolheld a family math night where parents could visit various stations in the gym with their children to see how math is taught in different grades at the elementary level. In addition to the stations, a mathematics professor spoke to parents about how to promote math and how important math is to everyday life.

Monsignor Castex Separate School – Midland
Simcoe Muskoka CDSB
Student Achievement

Monsignor Castex Separate School developed and organized a number of activities which helped parents learn how to support their children's learning at home. A family numeracy evening brought parents and children together to explore interactive stations located throughout the school. A literacy night welcomed three local authors to meet and read to parents and children and the parent resource library was supplemented with a variety of parent resources to improve numeracy skills at home.

Ogden Community Public School – Thunder Bay
Lakehead District School Board
Parent Engagement Symposium Series

Ogden Community Public School held a series of three symposia for parents on bullying prevention strategies, strategies for parents to support literacy at home, and a family math night to help parents and children learn about math strategies. The symposia involved aboriginal guest speakers and authors who shared their experiences with the parents and children.

Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School – Toronto
Toronto District School Board
Parents Get Involved

Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School held two evening events for parents. One was a nutrition workshop for parents and students with the support of Toronto Public Health. Families learned about reading labels properly and had the opportunity to make a healthy meal with their child. The second event focused on total wellness. Parents with school-aged students learned about non-competitive games, healthy living and eating to support student achievement and well-being.

St. Aloysius School
Stratford – Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
Parent Tutoring Program

St. Aloysius School in Stratford developed a weekly tutoring program to help parents support their children's reading. The parents came to the school to learn from other parents who had received training to help them support their child's literacy at home.

St. Gregory Separate School – Powassan
Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
Their Success Depends on Us!

After surveying parents, St. Gregory Separate School established a Parent Support Centre to increase parents' confidence and skills in supporting their children's success at school. This volunteer-run centre offers parents hands-on workshops, a numeracy support group for parents and resources to help their children succeed in school.