WILD for the 2013-14 School Year!
Each year we have a week dedicated to Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is a time for teachers and parents to meet to see how your child is doing. We meet to identify ways to help them more fully reach their academic potential and help each child develop a positive attitude toward learning, themselves and others.
Here are some tips to help make your conference(s) a positive experience.
TALK WITH YOUR CHILD - Before you attend the conference, spend a few minutes talking with your child. Explain to him/her that you need help preparing for the conference. You might:
- Ask what he/she would like you to talk about with the teacher.
- Ask what he/she thinks the teacher will say.
- Ask about the things he/she likes and doesn't like, successes and problems.
- Let him/her know that after the conference you will discuss what the teacher shared.
THINK ABOUT QUESTIONS YOU'D LIKE TO ASK - Prepare some questions in advance. Here are some examples:
- How is my child doing in your class?
- Is my child having any difficulties? What are they?
- What can I do at home to assist my child be more successful in school?
- Has my child missed any assignments?
- How are my child's work habits?
- Does my child get along well with others?
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE CONFERENCE - Make sure you arrive on time. There are a large number of conferences and we want to respect each parent's time commitments and keep to the schedule. The teacher will want to share some important pieces of information at the beginning and then have a time of interaction. The information they share will help to shape and focus the conference. This will help to maximize the time when you have questions and comments. Keep an open mind. Remember that both you and the teacher want to help your child succeed. Your goal is to work for cooperation between you and the teacher.
AFTER THE CONFERENCE - Follow up. Stay in touch with the teacher. If you think of a question you didn't ask, write a note, e-mail or call. Talk with your child. Stress the positive things the teacher said... and talk about suggestions for improvement.
With this in mind, please remember that strong partnerships place high value on clear and open communication; please don't hesitate to contact me should any questions, concerns or celebrations arise throughout the school year.
2013-14 YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE CALENDAR
2013-14 KINDERGARTEN CALENDAR