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Five People You Should Know at Your Child’s School

A guide for parents, guardians and caregivers.

As a parent, you pack lunch, and make sure your child gets to school and is ready for the day. But did you do your homework and get to know all the important people at school?

With a new school year right around the corner, it's time to start figuring out who should be on your "must know" list. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District website has everything you need to know for preschool through Grade 8. For Grades 9-12, check out the Monte Vista, Mount Miguel, Grossmont and Helix Charter high school websites.

1. Your Child's Teacher

Get to know your child's teacher well enough to ask questions about schoolwork and to give him or her information that will help your child learn.

2. School Counselor

The counselor can help your child deal with changes and challenges at home and at school. Counselors can be a great resource for college-bound students, too. A good school counselor can help explain dates and deadlines and review the application process with your high-schooler. 

3. Health Office Administrator

Introduce yourself to the school's health care professional. They provide much more than bandages and ice packs. They are providing a safe haven for kids who need to rest or lie down, or dealing with safety issues, and give an endless array of services to our students on a daily basis.

4. Parent Association

Ask your school if there’s a committee of which you should be aware. Or better yet, sign up to volunteer and get involved! Your school most likely has a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). These groups are a well established avenue for parent involvement.

5. School Principal

Find out if your school principal is holding any meetings, orientations, events or open houses to get to know parents. Many of our local schools host an informal "coffee" or "meet and greet" to discuss any questions or concerns regarding the school.

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