Parent involvement is definitely encouraged and welcome. There is a parent advisory council. Parents can join the council at the beginning of the school year. Parents play an integral in many of the school events, including the Delano Academy Gala. The staff are courteous and have always welcome my comments or questions. The online learning platform for students is accessible to parents. Parents are able to view their children's assignments, marks, attendance and correspond with the staff/administration. There is an online forum for admin to communicate to parents and parents can communicate their ideas and share information with other parents as well. Administration provides a weekly newsletter with upcoming information about the school and dates Lastly, both parents and grandparents are always welcome to school events - Grandparents Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day and all other school events.
Parents at Delano Academy feel like family. We get to know each other, we get involved with activities, volunteer in events and above all, we all support out students. Our son has always been in private school and I have never seen such a level of parent engagements like we have at Delano. Parents are always involved and willing to do more, to support the students and the school itself. It's a great feeling to know that we all care and it is our students who will beneficiate from all of this. Opportunities will always be available for Parents and families to get involved and this is always an open door at Delano. Parents know that they can share their ideas or concerns or dislikes with the Head of the School and they will always be taken seriously.
Parents and grandparents are always welcome in school. The school staff recognizes everyone. Besides the almost-daily communication, we are constantly invited to school events such as father's day, mother's day, grandparent's day, talent show, Christmas party, breakfast, tea events, staking events, and of course graduation. These events are sincerely focused on communication with the parents, showing parents' the kid's achievements. The school gives parents lots of opportunities to participate, but at the same time, not giving pressure to the ones that can not make it due to work schedule. I have had experience in previous schools that trips are canceled because not enough parent volunteers to help to watch the kids. That had never happened in Delano.
Parents are active participants in Delano Academy's community. There is a Parent Advisory Committee that works towards furthering school agendas as they pertain to spirit days and events. A bi-annual gala exists to celebrate and raise funds for the school. There is an active committee to help plan this event. Parents are often seen on field trips and initiate a donation drive for Out of the Cold (a program to help homelessness in the GTA). The annual IB exhibition and Maker Fair is a fantastic example of when parents are invited in to the school to mingle with students and learn about their projects. Mothers Day High Tea, Fathers Day Field Day, and the Grandparents Poets Cafe are further examples where students get to show off their parents in a relaxed, fun environment. The Winter and Spring concerts are the culmination of the arts curriculum where students showcase their musical talents in both choir and drums as well as showcase the terms art projects. Finally, there is an annual Family Skating trip that takes place during Carnival Week.