Superintendent Mark Laurrie’s update for 10-9-19

Hello everyone. This is Mark Laurrie, the superintendent of schools in Niagara Falls with another edition of our YouTube video series and boy Do we have a special guest. Mrs. Rowe is a parent here at Cataract Elementary School. A parent extraordinaire I’d like to call her and she’s got her young daughter and Mrs. Rowe, thank you for all you do for us as a parent in this district. Why do you do it? What do you like about it? (Staci): I love being involved in parent group for many reasons. There’s no better way to get involved in the school other than being in the parent group. You get first-hand information from you, work together with the administration, Mr. Showers or any principal and it’s just great being involved in knowing what’s going on. (Mark): That’s, no that’s, you’re right, and we welcome all parents to be involved. One of the purposes of this YouTube video to get more parents go to your principal. Please be involved you do get information – accurate, first-hand, timely. Not that we’re trying to hold anything back. You have a beautiful little lady here. Tell me, tell us about your children. (Mrs. Rowe): I have an 8-year-old daughter, Molly, who is in 3rd grade at Abate Elementary, Mrs. Johnston’s class, and this is, my name ís Isla. She will be three in January and she will join us here for preschool. (Mark): So it’s kind of amazing that Mrs. Rowe only has, doesn’t even have a daughter in the school yet, yet she still spends her time at Cataract volunteering and being part of the school and part of the school community while her daughter’s in the enrichment program over at Cataract school. Well, what would you, what would you say to a parent who may have some trepidation or nervousness about coming into a school. What advice would you give a parent? (Staci): I would say well each school has their own meeting schedules for parent group and you know, you become involved in a parent network – lifelong friendships. Bring your child. You can work around your schedule. If you’re available only in the afternoons, if you’re available in the morning, there’s, you know, you can volunteer as much as you want as little as you want. But it really, once you get through the door, (Mark): Yeah. (Staci): and you are on a first-name basis with principal with the counselors with the dean and your child sees you Involved, there’s no better feeling. (Mark): You’re exactly right. You’re the best spokesperson for that. I want you to touch on one other topic before we go. Is it, you work with the Focus on Families programs too. Tell us about how you got involved with that and what happens in our Focus on Families program. (Staci): Sure. So Miss Judy Martin, located in room 140 this year, she is the Focus on Families director here at Cataract. She also allows parent group to use her room for meetings. (Mark): Okay. (Staci): So that’s how I met her when I first came to start in parent group and she runs play groups here as well. So Miss Isla and I joined her playgroup, we also joined her book club. (Mark): That’s awesome. So you get while you’re here to help all of the children and help your daughter. You’re also getting some time with adults for yourself. (Staci): Exactly, exactly. (Mark): Well, Mrs. Rowe, we can’t thank you enough. I mean it from the most sincere part of my heart on behalf of the district. You are an amazing parent, your children are so precious to us, we thank you, thank you for doing this YouTube video and thank you for all you do for our kids not just your kids all of our kids. We appreciate you so much. (Staci): Thank you so much. Thanks for having me.

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