October 6, 2021
Positive and effective communication between home and school is a critical component of supporting children’s growth. Learning does not just take place at school, children are constantly exploring new things from the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher. You know your children better than anyone else and you have the opportunity to see them as they interact with friends, siblings and a wide variety of daily life activities. You know their passions and interests, hopes and dreams and their fears and worries.
Teachers know your children in a different capacity. Teachers have the opportunity to observe children as they interact with peers in a classroom environment. They carefully monitor how children respond to learning new concepts and acquiring new skills. Teachers also have insight into children’s learning styles and work habits.
When combined, the different perspectives parents and teachers bring to the table lead to a richer and more complete understanding of how children are developing academically, as well as socially and emotionally. The stronger the partnership, the more effectively we can work together to support children’s success both inside and outside of school.
Fall parent conferences offer a formal opportunity for parents and teachers to meet to discuss individual student’s progress. However, this is only one way to communicate and share information. If you ever have a question or concern about your child’s learning, please reach out to us with a phone call or an email. Norfolk public school staff are committed to responding to parents in a timely manner and will return messages within 24 hours during the school week. Staff are not available to respond to emails and calls over the weekend, as that is important time for them to spend with their families and prepare for the week ahead.
Most questions can be addressed directly by your child’s classroom teacher. However, we recognize that you may also have questions about other topics such as food service, transportation, budget or policy. In order to assist you in identifying the appropriate party to support you in getting information or solving a problem, please see the attached communication tree.
Wishing everyone a wonderful long-weekend ahead!
What to Do If Your Child is Sick
Flowchart- What To Do If Your Child Is Sick
We recognize that it is challenging to make sense of the many different requirements and exemptions for Covid 19 testing and quarantine. In order to help simplify the guidance, we have created a flowchart for your reference, should your child become sick.
Please click on the chart photo for more information.
Covid Case Notifications/ District Dashboard
Grade 4 AIMM - Making Fall Pillows!
Grade 6 Fraction Training Camp!
Mrs. Bosh's 6th graders were busy with fraction training camp this week.
This was a review of fraction skills they will need for the next unit. Some students are playing "Build It," a fraction number line game. Other students are working in small groups with the teacher.
Grade 5 - Mrs. Tully's students explore instruments in Mrs. Musial's music class!
Mrs. Cloutier's 4th graders get ready to help Fred through STEM!
Saving Fred is a STEM challenge where students work together in pairs.
They have 30 minutes to save Fred from his capsized boat by using only 4 paper clips to retrieve and secure him in his life preserver.
Mrs. Logan's sixth graders explored Earth's plates and different types of boundaries using graham crackers and cool whip!