This month, Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8 and Report Cards for Senior Kindergarten students will be going home on November 11th. We are looking forward to meeting with parents during the week of November 10th. Most staff will be available on the evening of November 13th and the morning of November 14th (P.D. Day). Teachers will be confirming an appointment time with you over the next few days. The Parent–Teacher interviews are an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss how to help each child succeed in school. As interviews are only 10 – 15 minutes long, it’s important to prepare in order to get the most out of your parent/teacher conference.
Here are some tips:
- Review the Progress Report with your child. What are your child’s concerns or worries? What are they proud of?
- Reflect on your child honestly before the conference. What are his/her interests, skills, study habits?
- Prepare specific questions for the teacher.
- Talk to your child before the conference. Find out what he/she thinks are their best subjects and what subjects he/she likes the least.
- Be open-minded; listen first, then ask questions.
- Focus on issues involving your child’s learning, rather than the teachers.
- Ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child do better in class. Use this as part of your action plan.
- Ask: Does my child participate in class discussion and activities? Does my child meet homework expectations? Assignments? What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- After the conference, talk to your child about what was discussed and how you will support him/her in preparation for the next term.
Like Michaelangelo once said, “I am still learning”.