February 25, 2007

THE ISSUE: -- The eSchoolnewsletter has changed the way parents receive information from the school system. Do you feel a lot more connected to your child's school because of it?

A fantastic tool for communications

The eSchoolnewsletter is a fantastic communication tool for parents.

I have a ninth-grader, and, according to him, nothing ever goes on at school. eSchoolnews- letter keeps me informed and updated with all the events at his high school. When schools are closed or starting late, we receive an e-mail, so I don't have to wait for the television or radio stations.

Patti Caplan and the Howard County public school system should be congratulated for forming this innovative partnership with Douglas Parker to help parents and our community stay informed.

Alyson Tommins Ellicott City

A similar initiative at St. Louis School

Like the eSchoolnewsletter highlighted in your article, our school at St. Louis parish in Clarksville has also benefited from e-mail delivery of our weekly school newsletter, as well as Internet access for parents to daily updates of their children's homework and grades.

These are wonderful ways for parents to stay informed and involved in their children's education, and they are especially useful in self-supporting schools because they can cut costs, too.

As communities dedicated to both education and equity, we also have to be sure that all families, regardless of income, have access to these resources and technologies.

Joel Williams Harper's Choice

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