October 20, 2017 V1.7
On the Calendar
10/23- Sign Language Club Meeting
10/24- Crossroad Club Meeting
Chess Club Meeting
10/25- Third Grade to Golden Rondell
Parent Teacher Conferences
10/26- Early Dismissal at 11:21
Parent Teacher Conferences
10/27- FRIDAY- No School- Parent-Teacher Conferences
11/3- No School
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
Having a great parent-teacher conference!
Parent teacher conferences are an important time to consult with your child’s teacher about academic subjects, social skills and emotional development. Remember, you and the teacher are a team—working together.
The conference is an information exchange. You bring to the conference information about your child’s interaction with people outside of school, his/her home life, and previous experiences that might affect confidence or interest in school. The teacher brings information about your child’s interaction with others in school, performance on tests, and knowledge of learning strategies. Pooling your information gives you both a better picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and lets you develop an effective plan for helping your child succeed.
The conference makes the teacher more effective. Knowing that “my child is fascinated by stars” may give the teacher the means to excite interest in reading. The more the teacher knows about your child, the better the child’s needs will be addressed.
Parent teacher conferences let you take part in your child’s education. Knowing what is being taught at school lets you direct the conversation in your family to issues being studied in school. Such reinforcement of school work at home makes a big difference in your child’s understanding, motivation, and school performance.
Follow these Tips to make your conference more effective:
- Prepare questions in advance. What groups has my child been assigned to? Is my child finishing the work assigned in class? The most important question of all is “How can I help my child at home?”
- Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss. If you want to talk about your child’s progress in reading, let the teacher know.
- Be specific. Bring with you any work that is of concern. Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that make your child uneasy. Ask the teacher to describe your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ask to see your child’s work.
- Exchange information. Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as a death in the family, a new baby, or a change in daycare arrangements.
- Take notes. Your conference may result in several actions for both you and the teacher. Taking notes will help you remember what was discussed and what was agreed upon.
- Start with a positive attitude. You and the teacher are a team. Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.
- Support yourself. If you are not confident about your communications skills, bring someone to help. If your understanding of English worries you, bring a friend to translate.
- Discuss the whole child. Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success. Include questions about her interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.
We love volunteers and visitors!
If you are interested in volunteering, visiting, chaperoning during the school day, make sure that you have completed a Volunteer Background Check form and been approved. These forms take several days to process. We encourage you to complete the form now so that you are able to volunteer/visit when an event comes up. The form is available on our website at http://whittier.kusd.edu/parent-involvement/forms/ .
If you would like to double check if you already have an approved background check form on file, please contact Sylvia Johnson at 359-2110.
Drop Off Begins at 7:15 AM
Mon-Thur 7:25 AM - 2:25 PM
Friday Dismissal 11:21 AM
6:55 – 7:25 a.m in MPR
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM