It's All in the Family
We believe that parents are the foremost educators of their children, and we are honored to share with them that sacred responsibility. Faculty members are available to meet with parents who have questions or concerns, and informal activities provide family members with opportunities to see the school from the inside. In fact, many parents and grandparents chaperone field trips, create enrichment activities, organize social events, assist our sports teams, and serve on our school board.
While building a strong school community and developing lifelong friendships, these volunteers also help the school financially and model to our students the importance of serving one another.
Communication between school and home is one of the highest priorities of the SMSA staff. Teachers frequently send home to parents notices regarding classroom activities, field trips and tests.
Once a week, parents receive a Kerry Blue newsletter updating them on school news — important updates on standardized testing and upcoming school-wide events, for example.
Once a month, parents receive the Family Envelope containing an assortment of vital information including the monthly lunch menu, fundraising and special event reminders, and sign-up sheets. Most often, necessary responses can be returned in the same envelope, allowing for easy two-way communication between home and school. The Family Envelope also includes the monthly Kerry Press newsletter outlining the academic activities of each classroom throughout the building in the previous month.
Our website, smsaschool.org, is a great resource for families, providing at-your-fingertips calendars, lunch menus, forms for downloading, and school news. Another online tool, PowerSchool, allows parents to access teacher pages, homework, students’ grades and children’s lunch accounts.
The Parent Teacher School Association (PTSA) helps fundraise to provide our students with activities throughout the year and also oversees the continuation of several beloved SMSA traditions, such as the annual Thanksgiving breakfast, the winter Snowball Family Party, and graduation ceremonies.