Elementary Principal Letter

Dear ANCS Elementary Families,

I hope you had a wonderful and safe long weekend. I have heard a lot of our kiddos talking about camping and spending time outside. What fun!

The parent-teacher conference window is opening on Monday, September 20th. By this time you should have received information from your child’s teachers about how to schedule your time. You will receive a conference guide and your child’s fall MAP report at the conference. This first conference of the year is mainly focused on your child’s social/emotional well being, who he/she is as a member of the class family and how well he/she is following the ANCS Guiding Principles. You will also set some goals together with your child’s teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity for dialogue and planning together.

As you prepare for your conference, I would like to offer some suggestions for you to consider that may enhance the experience and assure you gain the information you desire.

  • Be on time for your conference. While all of our conferences continue to be held virtually, teachers have very full conference schedules, often fitting them in during the school day. Please let teachers know as soon as possible if your schedule changes and you are unable to make you scheduled time.
  • Talk with your child before the conference. It is helpful to get a sense of how your child feels about his/her own progress so far this school year. You can ask questions such as, “ Where are finding challenges and successes so far this school year?” or “What do you think you need to focus on more?” Your child’s responses can add a lot to the conference dialogue.
  • Take notes during the conference. You will receive a copy of the conference guide, but taking some additional notes will help you have a follow-up conversation with your child and/or a family member that was unable to make it to the conference.
  • Ask questions and share information. If you have specific questions regarding your child’s academic or social growth, please ask them. It’s super helpful if you can email questions to the teachers ahead of time to assure specific information is readily available to address them. Similarly, because teachers need your help and input, it is helpful to hear your observations and experiences, as they will enrich the teachers’ understanding of your child and provide them with more strategies to support him/her at school.
  • Request additional staff be present if you wish. We work hard to insure that special education and academic assistance teachers are available to attend the conferences of the students they serve. If you would like anyone else to attend your conference, please let the teachers know that as soon as possible so schedules can be coordinated.
  • Ask clarifying questions. We all have your child’s best interest at heart, but the language of education can sometimes be confusing. If you are unclear about what is being shared, ask for additional information. If you get home and realize you forgot to ask something, just contact the teachers, they will be happy to clarify any information.

We hope that each of you will leave your conference informed and confident about your child’s classroom and school experience thus far. As always, I welcome your feedback and thoughts.

Have a wonderful remainder of your week!

 

Lara Zelski