Northridge school district parents can keep up with information and events by joining the Viking Voice Parent Blog.

Northridge school district parents can keep up with information and events by joining the Viking Voice Parent Blog.

District parent Jeanette Pugh said she and another Northridge parent are nurses at St. Ann's, and they discussed the complexity of communication with the closures of Homer and Hartford elementary schools.

"My son went to Homer and hers went to Hartford," Pugh said. "We talked about how difficult it was to find out information. I think (the blog) is a good way to communicate.

"My son has students from Alex and Hartford in his class, Pugh said. "Organizing a class party will be a challenge. This organizes information in one place."

The blog isn't school-district sponsored but solely created by Pugh to give parents/guardians and teachers of students in the Northridge district a place to meet and discuss ideas and share information.

Pugh created the parent blog on Aug. 10 at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/vi-kingvoiceparentsblog.

As of Aug. 27, there were 25 members and 50 messages had been posted.

"We encourage polite and respectful communication," the site states.

"Northridge has undergone major reorganization in a very short time," Pugh told The Independent. "Parents are finding it difficult to talk to other parents who may reside over 20 miles away, yet have children in the same class as their own child. Anyway, parents need a better way to communicate, therefore we designed the Viking Voice."

The site contains everything from educational links to a school district calendar to a message board.

Membership is required, Pugh said, but is free of charge.

"We would like to limit membership to Northridge School District parents/guardians and teachers," she said. "Parents bring out wonderful perspectives. They have no place to voice those ideas. They have solutions they can offer.

"I attend PTO meetings," Pugh said. "We're trying to give parents one place to go to provide information on where things are happening and what's needed. We would also like teachers to use it."

mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com