January 11, 2016
You have made it halfway through the school year; congratulations! THANK YOU for the sacrifices you make for your child(ren). Our prayers are with you as you impact your child(ren) day by day!
We also thank you for your patience and encouragement for us as teachers at Northview! We truly want to keep growing in positive partnership with you. That's one reason why we value the time we have with you at conferences. If you haven't already set up a time to meet with Mrs. Nietling or Mrs. Graham, all it takes is a simple text or phone call. We look forward to meeting with you!
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships
Taken from Winter 2012 Issue of Parent Inspiration.
A partnership develops when people work toward the same goals, support each other, respect each other and work through difficulties without injuring each other. Building a strong partnership with your child’s teacher will be beneficial to your child and the classroom. [We teachers are reflecting on the things we glean from this article for ourselves, as well!]
Remember to keep it short and positive. Find out if you teacher prefers phone calls, emails, or notes. Comment on lessons your child enjoyed or positive things your child says about school. If you do have a complaint or question keep the note respectful and try to include something positive.1
Say thank you. “Gratitude and co-operation on the part of the parents will lighten the teacher’s burden and brighten his path.”2
Keep the teacher informed. Stressful home events (a new sibling, illness) and exciting events (relatives visit- ing) can both distract from learning. Let the teacher know and take time each day to spend a few mo- ments with your child, no matter how responsible they are, so they know that you are interested in them. If a certain subject or skill is giving your child trouble, let your child’s teacher know what you have noticed.
- Make an appointment to talk. Instead of dropping in, set up a meeting and let the teacher know what the issue is in advance.3 This will help your meeting be more productive.
GO TO SCHOOL!
- Attend your child’s conference. Be on time and have a list of things you want to talk about. Share it with the teacher first so you can both keep on schedule. Remember to include some positive things on your list.5
- Volunteer. There are so many options: Tutor, Read to students, help with refreshments, chaperone field trips, help clean the school or grounds and more! Sometimes it is better to volunteer in a class other than your child’s as you may be a distraction to them. “What is important is that you provide some support to the school, and preferably through an activity that involves you.”6 Ask your teacher or principal what they need and see how you can help.
- Reinforce learning at home. Ask your child’s teacher if there are activities, games, or books you can have at home or do with your child that will help your child practice skills they are learning at school. Find out how you can reinforce appropriate behavior at home.7 Encourage effort and re- sponsibility instead of focusing only on results. Resist the temptation to do their assignments for them.8 Help them get proper nutrition, exercise and sleep.
Remember the Golden Rule. Psychologist Harwell-Walker says it well: “Always assume good will on the teacher’s part. . . Don’t go by anyone else’s (including your child’s) opinion – especially if it’s negative. Different people react to each other differently. . .Your child may need some help adjusting to a new teacher’s style. Also, please remember the teacher is human. Sometimes teachers have a bad day. . . A little support often turns things around fast. If there’s a problem, this is where the good relationship so hard to establish pays off. You know that you and the teacher both want the best for your child. . . You’re on the same team. There is no need to be aggressive on your child’s behalf or defensive on your own. When both parent and teacher stay focused on the problem at hand, be it a child’s need for practice with a skill or a bit of an attitude transplant, things can usually be worked out.”9
Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students by Ellen White
PBS Parent website
Scholastic Parent-Teacher Relationships website
1,4,5,9. 8 Tips for Building Healthy Parent/Teacher Relationships, by
Marie Hartwell-Walker, tinyurl.com/77juefs
2. Child Guidance, by Ellen White, page 329
3. 6 Ways to Be Considerate of the Teacher’s Time, tinyurl.com/6stw5g4
6,7. Parents and Teachers: Strategies for Working Together, by Andrea Canter, tinyurl.com/7zxe584
8. Parent-Teacher Relationships, by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org/families/PT
Parent Teacher Conferences are this week!
Besides second quarter reports, Iowa Assessment results (October's achievement tests) will also be discussed at this conference.
Hot Lunch Wednesday - Taco Salad
We need your help on the weekend of January 22-24, 2016! We have a blank in our schedule. Please contact Mrs. Graham if you are willing to team up with other families to come in and clean the school in a shorter amount of time this weekend!
Manton & Lake City Church Visit - January 23, 2015
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
Grades 5-8: Please see Homework Sheet (Scripture Squares).
Grades 5-8 may learn the verse in any version they choose. They may be asked to write their memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); What Makes You "You" (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: See sheet (1-4); Word Study Contracts and Spelling City (5-8)
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Charlie Horse (1-2), Summer of the Sharks (3-4), Door in the Wall and Eric Liddell (5-8). We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: Newsletter & Multigenre Research Paper (5-8)
- Social Studies: A New Nation - Beginnings (5-8)
- Science: Electricity (5-8)