One of the biggest factors in a child's success at school is parent involvement. By being actively involved in their children's educational experience from the early elementary years forward, parents can help their children be as successful as they can be.
Open communication with your child's teacher and school is very important. This can be in the form of a planner that parents and teachers can write notes back and forth on or even a brief phone call or email every so often to touch base. I would encourage all parents to make a point to attend parent-teacher conferences as well. This is a great way to schedule time to meet with your child's teacher every few months to follow up on how things are going and to discuss important issues.
Parents should put some thought into what they will ask during the conference. Take a note pad to write on and ask questions such as how your child is fitting in socially, are there any specific teacher concerns, what are some suggestions the teacher may have that you can do at home to be more supportive of what's going on in the classroom, etc. By simply taking the time to get involved, it also shows your child that he or she is important and that you care about school and other important things in his or her life.