March 25, 2019
Don't Forget: Wednesday Early Release Days for Conferences March 27 & April 3 - 12:15 Dismissal
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 pm Gr. 5 Parent Informational Meeting @ Diamond Middle School
Friday, March 29
Gr. 5 Field Trip to Boston Symphony Orchestra
MCAS English Language Arts Testing
- Gr. 5: April 1 & 2
- Gr. 4: April 5 & 8
- Gr. 3: April 9 & 10
- Gr. 3-5 Math and Gr. 5 Science are after April vacation.
Thursday, April 4
- 10:45 Gr. 5 ACT Assembly: “Right to Liberty” Valerie Tutson (African-American Storyteller) . http://yamass.org/our-programs/valerie-tutson/
Tuesday, April 9
- 6:00 pm Supporting Young Readers at Home (K & 1 Parent Workshop)
Thursday, April 11
Fifth Grade Play
- 7:45 am Open Rehearsal for Families
- 9:00 am Performance for Gr. 4
- 11:00 Performance for Gr. 5
Friday, April 12
- 8:45-9:45 Principal's Parent Forum
School Vacation Week - April 15-22
Principal's Corner: Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences begin this week and run through April 4.
In her book "The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other," noted author and scholar Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot wrote: “Productive collaborations between family and school, therefore, will demand that parents and teachers recognize the critical importance of each other's participation in the life of the child. This mutuality of knowledge, understanding, and empathy comes not only with a recognition of the child as the central purpose for the collaboration but also with a recognition of the need to maintain roles and relationships with children that are comprehensive, dynamic, and differentiated.”
With collaboration in mind, I repeat a few suggestions for parent-teacher conferences offered in my column last fall:
- Take time to be prepared. Talk to your child before the conference. Ask what they like about school, what they don’t like, what work is easy, what is challenging, and whether there is anything they want their teacher to know. Write down your questions ahead of time to refer to them during the conference. If you have a major concern, it can be helpful to let the teacher know ahead of time.
- Assume good intent and maintain mutual trust and respect. Good communication begins with listening and asking questions. Both teachers and parents care deeply about children. We recognize that as parents, things related to our children can lead to strong emotions. And as teachers, we give much of ourselves to our work with children, also leading to strong feelings.
- Remember that we bring different perspectives. Parents and teachers see children in different settings. How a child functions in a large group or responds to the demands of school may be different than how a child acts at home. Parents are advocates for their child. Teachers must be advocates for all the children in a classroom.
- Summarize: At the end of your conference, try to summarize what you heard. Ideally, you should leave with a better understanding of key areas for your child's continued learning and development.
We look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you and talk about your child’s learning and development.
P.S. On Next Year: The spring conference is not intended for a dicussion of next year's class placement. Any parent input on placement must come in writing to the principal. A letter outlining this process with a parent input form will be sent out on Monday, April 1st and will be due April 12.
Scenes from Big Map Week
Families work on a scavenger hunt at Big Map Night (Bird's Eye View from Third Floor)
K-5 Social Studies Department Head Alex Kuschel prepares Kindergarten students before walking on the map of Africa.
Grade 5 students work with latitude and longitude to locate countries on the map of Africa.
Scenes from Estabrook Day of Play
Students tried out some "oldie, but goodie" games.
Gr. 3 students and Ms. Sternfeld created crowns to celebrate the day.
Teachers joined students in playing favorite games. (Shown: Mr. Richardson and Gr. 5 students.)