Dear PMA Parents,
Social media has become more and more an integral part of our busy lives. As a school community, however, it is wise to pause for a moment to reflect on just how we use media like Facebook for schoolcommunication. Where do we find real, accurate and timely information and news?
More and more of our parents use the PMA Parent Group Facebook page to ask pertinent questions, look for clarifications on policies and activities and even to air a grievance or complaint. While information technology can be innovative and exciting, there is a growing concern everywhere that social media does not always communicate clearly, accurately or reliably. A lot of miscommunication inadvertently appears that is difficult and time-consuming for everyone to correct. In many cases, the answers sought to critical questions and the exploration of grievances can only be answered or addressed by school administration, office staff, or a teacher, directly.
Please be aware that our PMA STAFF DOES NOT USE FACEBOOK to answer questions or solve problems. If you have questions, concerns or grievances pertaining to any aspect of school life, policy, forms, grades, your child, your child’s teacher, hot lunch, the registration process, etc., please CALL or EMAIL school personnel. FACEBOOK is a fun and informative social media tool, but it is not a reliable source of information when it comes to your child’s education or school policy. FACEBOOK postings have the ability to complicate matters and leave room for confusion and doubt. Also, as a forum for complaints and grievances, it only defeats the purpose of the spirit of PMA to hurt no one and bless all mankind.
I also have a growing concern about the growing number of parents that are using FACEBOOK to gather information concerning homework, classroom assignments, etc. for their child. While I appreciate the fact that parents are engaged and involvement in making sure that the children complete homework, I am more concern about the message we are giving the children. One of our key values at PMA is to teach children to take responsibility early on in their education; remembering homework, books, assignments, is KEY to their success both in Junior High School and High School. Relying on mom or dad to gather the information through Facebook or other means only enable a sense of “I don’t need to remember because mom or dad will do it for me”.
Again, I cannot stress enough how we encourage you to use Facebook as a tool for gathering information that promotes the school. All questions and inquiries should always, always be directed to the Main Office or the teacher. They are the only ones that have the correct information … hearsay only leads to more confusion, anger and the rumor mill getting out of control.
I sincerely hope you will continue to use and enjoy the PMA sponsored Facebook pages and be guided toward accurate and reliable sources of information whenever necessary.
Sister Maria Rosa, pm