Assets in Action: Take a moment, get involved

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Parent involvement in schooling is our focus this week. This is defined as parents being actively engaged in helping their children succeed in school.
There are so many ways to be involved. From checking, — but not hovering over Powerschool — to attending school events and supporting school efforts, the possibilities are endless.
This year, elementary parents will be able to check Poweschool for some grades and I caution parents not to go over the deep end with this opportunity.
Use this year as a training ground for preparing for middle school.
If there’s one thing I could tell you, it is to provide opportunities for your student to accomplish an assignment over several days or weeks before it is due.
The science fair, for example, is one way that you can remind students not to save everything for the weekend before the project is due.
The goal is not to help your student so much that they don’t accomplish the goal on their own. If everything is saved until the day before it is due, then let them sweat it out. Let them have to sacrifice something fun, a game, an event, some television or video game playing to finish the project. If you save the day every time, it will come back to bite you in the butt, I promise.
Schools often need judges for the science fair, especially when students will be moving on to county —— and possibly state events and might have to talk to strangers about their projects. You can even volunteer if you don’t have children. The January event utilizes tons of volunteers.
Parents can volunteer for functions like the Halloween Carnival at Mountain Elementary, this Saturday from 5-8 p.m., or attend pancake breakfasts at the Posse Lodge, to benefit the NJROTC program. These  events, while not linked directly to educational goals, demonstrate to your student that you have skin in the game.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop at events like the Chamisa book fair, going on now. Or they can help benefit Los Alamos Middle School by shopping at their online book fair. You don’t need to have a student there to benefit their school library. You can shop from the comfort of your own home and bring the Reading for Pleasure Asset to those that need it most.
The Hawks Cheer Team will hold a re-sale at the Pueblo Complex from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will provide some one-stop shopping for those who enjoy a good rummage sale, while saving on gas and there will be no need to brave those early morning temperatures.
It will also allow you to attend the health fair and get your flu shot, that way you won’t be down for the count when those germs head home from the variety of community events you attend.

Assets In Action is a program of the JJAB and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.