Letter from Lara Zelski – September 12, 2018

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

I hope you are having a great week so far. The parent-teacher conference window opened yesterday. Make sure you sign up for a time, as this conference is a mandatory part of our reporting system. The purpose of this first conference is to mainly focus on social/emotional aspects of your child’s year so far. Additionally, MAP scores will be discussed and a conference guide will be shared with you. We look forward to seeing you all over the next several weeks.

On another topic, Facebook and other realms of social networking are such a fun and quick way to share information and thoughts with friends and family. It is so easy to take a picture with your phone, post it on your Facebook page, and enjoy receiving comments from others about it. However, when that photo contains pictures of students here at school, we are asking you to exercise caution. Some families do not wish to have pictures of their child posted online. We have taken measures here at school with the photo galleries shared with families by making them password protected and avoiding posting pictures of students whose families has asked for their child to have no pictures posted online. With that said, I am requesting that you do not post pictures or videos of children from school events onto your preferred social media site without permission from the other children’s parents/guardians.

Speaking of social media, I also request that if you have a concern about something here at school, please come to us and speak with us about it before posting it online. We cannot find solutions to problems if we do not know what they are, and we do desire to be part of the solution. As I explained in my last courier letter, we recently discussed our fourth guiding principle, We resolve conflicts in a peaceful, thoughtful, meaningful way. One way we can all model this guiding principle for our children is by bringing wonderings directly to the source (teachers and/or staff and visa versa), rather than posting it online and waiting for it to get back to us in a round about way, as it almost always does.

I hope you have a wonderful remainder of your week. As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.