University Elementary

Back to School Night

Principal's Message

Dear University Elementary Parents,

I found the following on the Momsla Website and I wanted to share it here at our school we agree with the five benefits of attending Back to School Night.

See the classroom. It seems obvious, but we sometimes forget that our children are spending a considerable portion of their day in this room. What does it look like? Sound like? What do you notice? What is hanging on the walls? Get a feel for the environment that the teacher has prepared for your child.

  1. Hear it from the source. By the time our kids get home and relay information to us, something may have gotten lost in translation. Children don’t generally intend to misinterpret or emit information, but it does happen. Hear it from the teacher, find out how long recess lasts and the rules regarding bathroom usage during class time.
  2. Network. Meet other parents, and meet the parents of your child’s friends. Just like our kids, it does help to have a buddy; someone we can call with a question about the project due on Monday or to ask when the holiday concert is scheduled.
  3. Advocate for your child. You know your child better than anyone. Sit in your child’s seat and see the classroom from his perspective. Now use that information to make sure your child is sitting in an optimal spot. Is he sitting near a door or window? The pencil sharpener or air conditioner? Will that be a distraction?
  4. Respect. Attending Back to School Night shows you respect your child’s teacher, value your child’s education, and put school at the top of the priority list. Having said that, after a twelve year teaching career, I know it’s not possible for all parents to attend. After all, many teachers are parents too, and are inevitably missing their own child’s Back to School Night. So if you can’t attend, send a note and explain your absence. Then, ask to visit with your child’s teacher at an alternate day and time. And when you meet, ask for any pamphlets or literature that was distributed at the official Back to School Night. Let your child’s teacher know you’re all on the same team and you’re there to make sure your child has a great school year!

We hope to see everyone this Thursday, August 29th!

TK/K & 1st grade in the classrooms from 5:30 to 6:15. Then parents meet in the MU for 15 minutes with Mrs. Straub

2nd thru 5th grades meet in the MU at 6:15 with Mrs. Straub. 6:30pm move to your student's classroom.

Best regards,

Charlotte Straub - Principal

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Please become a strong member of our community by joining our Parent Teacher Association. (PTA) We will have membership envelopes available at Back to School Night.