Parent-teacher conferences are being held Monday and Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you. There is nothing like parent-teacher conferences to remind us that we are truly your partners. We all share a common goal: To make this a successful school year for your child!
Here are some tips to make the most of your parent-teacher conference:
Prepare questions in advance: Is my child making expected growth? What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses? Is my child finishing the work assigned in class?
Discuss the whole child: Your child’s social and emotional development are as important as academic success. Include questions about your child’s interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions
Share information: Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school performance.
Take notes: This will help you remember what was discussed and what was agreed upon.
Come 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.
Let your child know: Make sure your child knows that you are attending conferences. It shows the importance of their education and of our home-school partnership. Before your conference, ask your child to share with you two areas of strength and one area for improvement or growth from this first trimester.
Finally, remember that parent-teacher conferences represent only one opportunity to speak with your child’s teachers. We want to talk or meet with you throughout the year whenever questions or the need arises. Don’t hesitate to reach out. When trust, collaboration and open lines of communication exist between home and school, children are the benefactors.