Attention: Conference Schedule

We will have an alternate schedule for the two weeks prior to winter vacation. The school schedule is in place from 12/10 – 12/21 at the following times:
Transitional Kindergarten                Every day       
Early Friends   8:15-11:17 a.m.
Late Friends    9:36-12:38 p.m.
Except 12/21, when everyone comes on Early Friend schedule.
 
Kindergarten                                                             
Early Friends   8:15-11:17 a.m.        Except Wednesdays (Schedule is usual 7:55-12:00 p.m.)
Late Friends    9:36-12:38 p.m.        Except Wednesdays (Schedule is usual 7:55-12:00 p.m.)
Except 12/21, when everyone comes on Early Friend schedule.
 
1st – 3rd
grade
  1:00 p.m.                   Except Wednesdays (Schedule is usual 7:55-12:29 p.m.)
4th – 5th
grade
  1:10 p.m.                   Except Wednesdays (Schedule is usual 7:55-12:40 p.m.)
 
Remember to arrange for your child to be picked up after school in a timely fashion during this shift in our dismissal routine, please. Students get nervous when they feel forgotten. I know the time changes may be confusing, but the process serves a “greater good”.
 
Teachers have sent or soon will send home times for you to register for your conference. Please respond promptly so they can set their appointments.
 
I realize that many of you wouldn’t dream of missing your appointment with your child’s teacher, but for those who are trying to decide whether you should take the time to attend, I encourage you to use this conference to learn about your child’s progress during these first 12 weeks of school.
 
Parent Teacher Conference Planning
Each parent-teacher meeting is a golden opportunity to support your child’s growth and achievement. Here are a few key ingredients that the NEA (National Education Association) has developed to enhance the value of each parent conference:
1. Show up, please! “We know parents are busy, but it is important to carve out time to invest in your child’s education and ensure success at school,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “To get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role in their child’s education year-round and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.”
 
2. Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Think about the questions you have and ask your child to tell you about relished and disliked school experiences. Then prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:
  • Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
  • Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
  • Questions about your child’s progress.
 
3. Ask Important Questions. Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:
  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • How does my child get along with classmates?
  • Is my child working up to her ability? Where could she use improvement?
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
 
4. Initiate the Action Plan. Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year and keep the communication lines open.