Message from the Principal – Oct 17, 2018

        Parent Teacher Conferences will take place the last week of October and first week of November. School will end at 12:15 on four days over the next two weeks: October 24, 25, 31 and November 1. The conversations that occur during Parent/Teacher Conferences focus on each student and provide time for parents/guardians and teachers to share important information about each child’s education and wellbeing.

        Conferences are most satisfying when both teachers and parents/guardians prepare by taking time to reflect on the current strengths and to formulate educational goals for individual children.  Everyone comes to the conference with different perspectives AND a similar goal: to promote growth in academic, social and emotional spheres for the child.

        Teachers work to make conferences valuable by following these guidelines:

  • Contact parents in advance of the conference if there are significant concerns – academic or social.
  • Provide a snapshot of current strengths and areas in need of attention and focus.
  • Set school goals for the next few months.
  • Describe the child at school and hear from the parent about the child at home.
  • Respect the 20 minutes scheduled for each family.

        Parents/guardians also have a responsibility when planning for conferences.  They provide important information about the child’s life outside of school.  Here are several guidelines for parents:

  • Get in touch with the teacher prior to the conference if you have significant concerns. The teacher can then respond thoughtfully when you meet.
  • Share your perspective regarding your child and listen to the teacher’s description of how your child presents at school.
  • Follow-up with the teacher afterwards if you leave with unanswered questions.
  • Try to avoid cancellations or last minute changes – scheduling 20 conferences is a juggling act that teachers organize well in advance.

        Our goals for Conferences at this time of year are:

  • Set realistic and achievable goals for the next few months.
  • Celebrate and enjoy a conversation about your unique and wonderful child.

       Conferences offer an ideal opportunity to strengthen the partnership between school and home. Consistent and clear communication in critical in any relationship. We all enhance that communication when we spend a little time in preparation.  Ultimately it is the children in our care who benefit the most.  We look forward to seeing you at the conferences at Hastings in the upcoming weeks.   

 

Louise Lipsitz