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Family Engagement Month


We want to recognize our parents, families and caregivers for all that you do to support the education of our students. Thank you! Engaging in your child’s education has been shown to dramatically increase academic success. November serves not only as a celebration of family engagement, but also a reminder of the difference you make in your child’s learning.


Through decades of research we know that family engagement plays a key role in student academic learning. The Sevier County School System recognizes this as a vital component in education and has made it a goal to promote and encourage family, school, and community partnerships to ensure academic success for all students. Research shows parent and family engagement improves: student attitudes, behavior, social skills, learning, grades, homework completion, testing scores, attendance, graduation rates, and the likelihood of students pursing higher education.


In honor of “Family Engagement Month” and “National Parent Involvement Day”, the Sevier County School System is providing the calendar below to encourage parents and families to be regularly engaged in their child's education. It is our hope that you and your child will utilize these activities throughout the month of November. Additionally, we want to encourage you to engage in your child’s education not only this month, but on an everyday basis!
Visit Project Appleseed for additional information on family engagement.




November 1

Check your child’s school website for information & announcements on upcoming events. Pick an event to participate in.

November 2

Create or revamp a quiet space in your home for your child to read, study, & do homework.

November 3

Put a note in your child’s backpack or on the refrigerator praising your child’s efforts at school.

November 4

Spend at least 30 minutes outside doing some sort of physical activity with your child.

November 5

Check out your local library website to find out what services are currently available to families.

November 6

With your child, schedule “family time” this week on your calendar to do something together.

November 7

Ask your child to share two things that made him/her happy today.

November 8

Ask your child what job they would like to do when they grow up. Research & discuss qualifications for the job.

November 9

Discuss a positive current event in the news as a family.

November 10

Learn 3 facts about 3 animals native to the Smoky Mountains.

November 11

Veterans Day! Talk to your child about Veterans Day & discuss the sacrifices of those who have served our country.

November 12

Visit a local park & go play with your child outside.

November 13

World Kindness Day! Discuss ways you and your child can be kind to others today.

November 14

Ask your child to share with you one thing they learned today.

November 15

Go outside with your child to see the full moon & identify 1 constellation.

November 16

Talk to your child about his/her goals & help him/her create a plan to accomplish a goal (e.g. tie shoelaces, make a team, etc.).

November 17

National Parent Involvement Day! Talk to your child’s teacher about ways to be engaged in his/her education.

November 18

Have a movie night! Pop some popcorn, select a movie, & talk to your child about his/her favorite part.

November 19

Take a drive or hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

November 20

Work with your child to develop a regular homework/study routine.

November 21

Ask your child what their favorite subject is and why.

November 22

Replace screen time with a fun craft or project to do with your child.

November 23

Learn 3 new vocabulary words & use them when talking together.

November 24

Thanksgiving Day! Cook a meal together & celebrate.

November 25

Go for a walk as a family & ask your child to share 3 things he/she is thankful for.

November 26

Spend time doing something your child enjoys & chooses to do.

November 27

Schedule a virtual visit or tour of a museum with your child.

November 28

Build a fort inside or outside & discuss different ways to design it.

November 29

Ask your child what job they would like to do when they grow up.  Research & discuss qualifications for the job.

November 30

Work on a household chore/task together & make it a fun game.