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Here are some practical suggestions: * Plan and host low-cost / no-cost family activities, such as a family fun run, family Olympics and family movie night. * Offer to baby-sit the children while Mom and Dad enjoy a Sunday afternoon day of recollection; have a potluck supper to end the day. * Consider reintroducing holy cards, holy water fonts and saints' images; these take on a value of their own. * Make sure that school liturgies, Stations of the Cross and other religious practices are listed on the school's Web site calendar. * Use the school's Web site and e-mail to communicate with parents and to post homework and long-term assignments; this generation of parents is used to getting information online. * Publish an annual report; parents want a real accounting of how resources have been gathered and used, and want to know how these resources have been stewarded. What Parents Should Expect of Teachers * Quality instruction * Religious instruction * Order and discipline in the classroom * Fairness * Individual concern for each child * Timely updates on the child's progress * Communication of problems and concerns * Presence at school functions * Value for the investment * Immediate emergency notification What Teachers Should Expect of Parents * Support for school and classroom policies and rules * Support for the teacher's decisions * An understanding that "fair" does NOT mean "equal" * Help with homework and assignments * Response to communications * Presence at school functions * Provision of school supplies, lunch, permission slips * Accountability for the child's whereabouts * Provision of up-to-date emergency information * Religious instruction, including attendance at weekly Mass Parents are not the enemy.
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