parent and teacher together

sel for families of Haldane Element@ry School * Sept 15


Having a Positive Parent/Teacher Relationship

Early in the school year is a good time to build rapport and trust. In this September flyer are lots of tips on working with your child's teacher, finding out from your child how their day was, and what to do if there is a concern.

Enjoy and I hope your school startup was a good one for you and your children!

asking your child about school

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being your child's advocate

It’s personal...and that’s ok!

The strong feelings exist because parents care so much. School staff need your support, and it's your job to make it as easy as you can for them to understand your point of view.

See the good intentions of others.

Advocacy within the school system requires finding a balance between feelings (disconnection, sadness or even anger) and understanding.

Use respect to get respect.

Respect and be informed about the communication processes that a school and school district has set up to interact with parents.

I know there are always two sides to a story. I'd like to understand yours, because what we're hearing at home is...

I’ve noticed this about my child…

To me it looks like my child is...

I’m hoping to have a conversation about this and wonder who else should be a part of it.

YOU are the expert of your child.

A parent’s job is to provide information about the child to help the school do their job better.Be open and honest about your child’s abilities, differences, challenges and needs.

Stay informed, available and encouraging.

Let the school do their thing…but don’t disappear. An ongoing connection provides a convenient way to show interest and concern. It's also about the power of a simple, heartfelt "thank you".

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Speaking Up!

A Parent's Guide to advocating for students in public schools in B.C.

A step-by-step guide to resolution advocacy for parents who want to become better advocates for their children. This guide gives information on:

  • details on how the school system works,
  • outlines parent and students rights and responsibilities,
  • provides strategies for advocating for children, and
  • supports student self-advocacy.

Download the PDF Guides:


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Above And Beyond
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community resources for families

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aboriginal girls groups offered

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haldane elementary school

Mark McVittie, Vice Principal

Tabatha Grigg, Principal

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