Parent Involvement

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board values the participation of parents as partners in education and provides a variety of opportunities to encourage parents to become involved in our schools. Together, these avenues create a robust parental involvement program.

The Board is guided by key values, one of which is “We foster parental involvement and community engagement to build partnerships that support student learning.” We believe that parents play a vital role in the education of their children and in the success of schools.

NEW Parent Resources

The Parent Involvement Committee has supported the creation of updated resources and information for parents, in a wide variety of areas, to help parents and guardians better understand and be more involved in their children's education. The resources include engaging videos and links to curriculum and Ministry documents. Please click here to visit the Parent Resources page. 

Parent Involvement Committee

The role of the Parent Involvement Committee is to work with parents, school councils and community partners to:

  • support and enhance meaningful, inclusive and constructive parental involvement in all of our schools, in order to improve student achievement and well-being;
  • seek out the advice and ideas of school councils, other parents and partners to plan and implement strategies to involve more parents;
  • provide advice to the Board on the effectiveness of communications, events and other initiatives that affect relationships with parents and school councils; and
  • approve expenditures for activities or projects funded with the Ministry of Education’s Parent Involvement funding.

Click here to read the school board's Parental Involvement Policy 

Parents Reaching Out Grants

This year, KPR school councils were successful in securing over $36,000 in extra funding to help make their schools even more welcome for students and parents. We want all of our schools to take advantage of this great opportunity by applying for a provincial Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant.

What: Since 2006, the government has supported over 17,000 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants to School Councils and 680 Regional/Provincial Grants with $31 million to help increase parent involvement in support of student achievement and well-being.

Some of the successful KPR school projects supported this year include:
 - Bullying and Cyber Bullying Prevention, Armour Heights Public School
 - Family Math Night, Brighton Public School
 - Bring Your Parent to School Night, Ganaraska Trail Public School
 - Literacy Evening, Harold Longworth Public School
 - Social Media Safety, Norwood District High School

How: School councils apply online each year to receive up to $1,000 to support their project.

Why: The grants are intended to support school-based initiatives that encourage parent engagement in their child’s education or school, and support improved student achievement and well-being consistent with Ministry of Education goals.

When: The application window is open online now on the Ministry of Education’s website

2017-18 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants School Council Powerpoint Presentation


Here are three examples of past PRO Grant applications, which were successful in receiving funding.

Smithfield Public School Parent Lending Library
Thomas A. Stewart S.S. Parent Handbook
Waverley Public School Mathletes

Successful KPR Grants 2016-2017

Watch for more information about Parents Reaching Out Grants in Spring 2017!

Information to Support Parent Involvement

Parents and community members may be confused by the acronyms and abbreviations used by educators. To help parents better understand these short forms, a list of commonly used abbreviations has been compiled.

Commonly Used Abbreviations List

The following short video provides five quick ways in which all parents can become involved in their children's education: Click here to view our Parent Involvement POWTOON.

Please click here to visit our Parent Resources page for more information on how to help your child with literacy, math and information on a host of other educational topics.

Help to Encourage Parent Involvement at your School!

Our Board values the participation of parents as partners in education and provides a variety of opportunities to encourage parents to become involved in our schools. Together, these avenues create a robust parental involvement program.

The Parent Involvement Committee is suggesting a number of activities administrators, school councils and school communities can consider to foster and generate parent involvement at your school!

Planning Parent Engagements, A Guidebook for Parents and Schools 

A Message from the Council of Ontario Directors of Education:

When we look closely at patterns of success for our students, there is ample evidence that achievement and positive school adjustment come from the support and guidance of parents and those who guide the learning and attitudes of our young people.

As school system leaders, the members of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education are very aware of the power and benefits of parent engagement.

In this Guidebook you will find examples of useful exercises and proven techniques for involvement and support.

Here is some more information about Parent Involvement from the Ministry of Education

Click here to view Parents Matter Fact Sheet

Click here to view Parent Involvement Committee Fact sheet

To learn more about the Parent Involvement Committee, please contact:

Greg Kidd
Manager, Corporate Affairs