a message from Principal Saxberg
I shared this article last year and want to again as I think it is timely and provides good insights on the importance of a positive parent and teacher relationship for our students.
With Parent/Teacher Conferences upon us, I am reminded of the importance of educators and parents working together. Research has proven when parents and teachers work together, students benefit- students tend to attain higher academic achievement, attend school more regularly, have better behavior, and a have a more positive attitude about school and themselves.
Yet, a working relationship between parents and teachers is not always a smooth process. A successful home-school connection requires efforts from both teachers and parents. Parents may have their own discomfort with schools and teachers due to negative feelings that may carryover from their childhood or a previous experience. Parents who are new to the community, who are English Learners, who are from another culture may feel overwhelmed with the idea of attending a conference to talk to their child's teacher about school.
Teachers, on the otherhand, may feel dread about parent conferences if there are parents who push back on any critique, if parents do not show up for conferences, or if they need to provide negative feedback about a child.
Knowing that parents and teachers may have some anxiety and worry about Parent/Teacher Conferences may help create a common ground. Knowing that both parties want the same thing and are committed to having an open dialogue and relationship can help the home-school connection become smoother for the benefit of what is most important- the students. Parents and teachers can work together by sharing ideas, experiences and expertise resulting in a better education for each of our students. A primary purpose of Parent/Teacher Conferences is for teachers and parents to work together for a common purpose of doing what is needed to help our students be the best they can be.
Ideas taken from https://childmind.org/article/teacher-conferences-a-guide-for-parents/ and
Teacher Conference Meals
Teacher conferences are coming up! PTO will be providing a "Soups & Salads" meal for teachers on Thursday evening. We would love contributions of some "accessories" to the meal like bowls, desserts and beverages. Please sign up using the link below. We ask the items be at the school by 2pm on Thursday, March 2.
Century Book Fair
Dates and Times:
March 2=3 to 7 PM
March 3= Noon to 4 PM
March 6= 3 to 4 PM
March 7= 3 to 7 PM
March 8= 1:30 to 2:30 PM (Early Dismissal Day)
Volunteers needed for the library's upcoming book fair! One hour shifts available on the following dates:
Thursday, March 2
Friday, March 3
Tuesday, March 7
Please sign up for a shift! You'll be working at the cash register. Thank you!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Incoming Kindergarten Families-
We are excited to see you on April 13th as we prepare for your student’s kindergarten year at Century Elementary School! In order to help better prepare for your arrival at Kindergarten Registration, we would like you to take a few minutes to complete our online Pre-Registration form. This Google Form (https://www.gfschools.org/KRegistration) will allow us to capture information so we can begin your student’s enrollment now and cut down your waiting time at school that day.
If you know of any families in the Century neighborhood who have a child turning five before
August 1, 2022, please inform them of pre-registration.
If you have any questions, please contact your student’s school. Thank you!
Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year
News from the District
As a parent/guardian, sometimes you may feel as though your child does not listen to you. It is important that you communicate your needs and feelings to your child in an effective way. A simple suggestion to improve communication between you and your child is to use “I” messages rather than “You” messages (which often create an oppositional situation). For example, instead of
saying, “You always leave your dirty dishes on the table. Can’t you pick up after yourself?” say, “When you leave your dishes on the table, I get frustrated because it makes extra work for me when I get home and I’m trying to make dinner.” Visit www.parentslead.org for more information.
Important Dates to Remember
Mar 2-3 and 7- Parent Teacher Conferences
Mar 3- Early Release @ 11:20 and NO ENCORE
Mar 6- PTO meeting in the library @ 6pmMar 8- Early Release @ 1:30
Mar 9- Report Cards sent home by Email
Mar 13-17- SPRING BREAK- No School
Mar 20- North Dakota State Assessment Window Begins Grs. 3-5
Mar 23- Century PTO Paint Night from 6 to 8 PM
Mar 29- Early Release @ 1:30
Mar 31- Century PTO Game Night from 6 to 8 PM
early release dates - 1:30 dismissal
Students of the Month for February
Mrs. Johnson- Andrew Gruenberg
Mrs. Palmiscno- Elijah Rogers, RJ (Raymond) Lassiter
Mrs. Stromme- Ezra Swarray
Ms. Devier- Josephina Dominguez, Isabella Tinkler
Mrs. Geatz-Braaten- Desiree Davies, Gabe Quioh
Ms. Gunstenson- Hazel Milligan
Ms. Heinert- Asiel Rai
Mrs. Schueler- Parker Bernier, Delray Moore
Mrs. Stensland- Olivia Olson, Chloe Brackett
Ms. Wahlin- Mara Ware, Ellie Holte, Cobi DeLong
Mr. Johnson- Vaughn Christiansen, Elle Ozaki
Mrs. Larson- Mason Forsberg, Izaiah Vasquez
Mrs. Lunak- Janessa Glaum
Mrs. Berger- Emery Lynch, Delisha Bhattarai
Mrs. Buchhop- Ava Eickenbrock
Mr. Willberg- Myah Massie
Mrs. Curtiss- Raegen Duncombe
Mrs. Jefferson- Samuel Hadley, Balyn Hafner
Ms. Zehms- Geneivieve Larson, Coltin Salisbury
Ms. Ljunggren- Jacob Fettig