While Leipzig International School helps its students grow into citizens of the world, for their parents we are not merely the designated local school to which they must send their children. We are a school of choice, and a community for the whole family.
One of my jobs is to join parents in developing this community. I coordinate volunteers at LIS, and urge parents to contact me if they are interested in offering their time to support our students or to lead parent activities. In particular, I welcome and cooperate with those who are willing to serve as resource and contact to families new to Leipzig: we aim to be especially useful to families arriving from abroad, by helping them find their way around and make contact with others from their country of origin or speaking their language(s). I will also reach out to parents and solicit their help with such activities.
There will be a steady stream of communication from me as we plan a range of activities involving parents, including book readings, excursions, flea markets, school festivals and open air concerts and other seasonal events.
Parents stay informed by reading our e-mail newsletter, the LIS Ticker, sent out every two weeks, and our school magazine, the LIS Observer.
Finally, to help with practical questions regarding our fascinating city, see our Community Handbook Easy Leipzig for plentiful information about living and working here. Printed copies are available in my office.
Parents are always welcome to stop by and chat: you can find me at school with or without a pre-arranged appointment.
I look forward to meeting you personally!
We encourage parents to help develop activities in the LIS community. Whether you have a lot of spare time or a little, your input is important. In order to develop ideas we need your suggestions, experience and participation.
It is not hard to find educational research verifying that parental involvement is a critical factor in a child's educational success. A positive home-school relationship benefits children and their families - Parental presence at school is welcomed here.
Parent volunteers in the classroom can make a number of valuable contributions, including:
- reading with small groups or individual students (building up reading circles)
- working with children on special projects
- tutoring in science, languages or IT
- assisting children with homework
- helping with preparations for activity
- publishing and putting together student books
- helping with special art projects or student talent shows
- organising games of softball, football, volleyball, basketball
- helping with the organisation of events like the summer fair, International day, dads club, family sports day
At the beginning of each school year two or more homeroom parents are elected in each class to liaison between the homeroom teachers / form tutors and students' families. The room parents of each section then elect one or more section representatives amongst them for the school year to liaison between the home room parents and the school Principal.