First ‘Parent Math Night’ (+ supper) Oct. 9

Dr. Katie Warwick works on number stories with West Jackson Elementary School third-graders, from left, Elijah Paulus, Zoe Regalado, Lexi Minton and Piper McCaa, students in Delores Bowen's class. Warwick, math curriculum specialist for the Jackson County School System, will lead a series of parent "math nights," beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9. The event will include a boxed meal for participants, donated by Zaxby's Braselton.

Dr. Katie Warwick works on number stories with West Jackson Elementary School third-graders, from left, Elijah Paulus, Zoe Regalado, Lexi Minton and Piper McCaa, students in Delores Bowen’s class. Warwick, math curriculum specialist for the Jackson County School System, will lead a series of parent “math nights,” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9. The event will include a boxed meal for participants, donated by Zaxby’s Braselton.

Interested in how you might help your child with fractions, decimals, and percentages? Looking for tips and tools to make it easier and meaningful? The Jackson County School System is setting a series of meetings to help parents help their children, beginning with one that starts right after fall break.

The first of eight sessions, for parents of children in K-8th grades, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5-7 p.m., and Zaxby’s Braselton is providing boxed meals for pre-registered participants. The other dates are Nov. 13, Dec. 3, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 12, April 18 and May 9. All sessions will be held at the school system’s 441 Gordon Street Center in Jefferson, across the street from the Boys & Girls Club.

Dr. Katie Warwick, JCSS math curriculum specialist, and Dr. Andrea Knapp, Executive Director of the Math for Adults Foundation, met last month with elementary and middle school teacher leaders from across the county to begin planning the district family math nights.

“We know we are asking parents to come out at supper time, so we couldn’t be more grateful to Zaxby’s Braselton location for providing the meals,” Dr. Warwick said. A fund-raising “spirit night” was held to benefit the program Sept. 25.

Participation in the first session does not obligate parents to other sessions, and inability to attend the first session doesn’t mean parents can’t attend any of the others, she said.

“Our goal is to help families learn fun and effective ways to help their children with math,” she said, noting that parents and guardians — children’s first teachers — often are looking for simple tools and techniques that make will make that easier.”

“We hope parents will want to join us in the effort,” Dr. Warwick said. “We work best when we work together.”

For more information or to reserve your space, call Dr. Warwick at 706-367-5151, ext. 17138, or send an email to kwarwick@jcss.us by Monday, Oct. 8, to ensure food and materials will be available for all who are interested. Learn more about Math Nights here: http://bit.ly/JCSS_FBMN