Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is kicking off the school year by encouraging parents to get involved.
Chaperoning school dances isn't the only way parents can get involved with their child's school.
"There's many different ways for parents to be involved in their schools and we certainly want them to take those kinds of opportunities," explained EIPS chair Trina Boymook. "That's probably some of the best ways to really feel out what's going on in each of their schools."
Parents can get involved in their child's school council, often called parent council, allowing moms and dads to share their perspective on what their vision for the school is with other parents and school leaders.
They can also help out in the classroom or specific events, fostering relationships with their child's teacher, friends and becoming a role model for the kids.
While parent-teacher interviews are good to learn about how a parent's child is doing in class, volunteering and getting involved can offer impromptu updates from teachers.
"Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to come together as a school community to celebrate the kids, celebrate the school and build that sense of community."
To get started, it's as simple as contact the school's front office or emailing a child's teacher.