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October 2016 upDATER - Big Ideas

October 24, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Tomorrow, your child will be coming home with a hard copy of the letter below (in italics).  It will also include the date and time of your parent-teacher conference. Here are some tips, adapted from the Harvard Family Research Project to help make the parent-teacher conference as effective as possible.

  • Prepare for two-way conversation by thinking about your child's strengths and challenges beforehand. You will most likely hear positive feedback about your child and areas for improvement.  It will also be beneficial for you to provide input about how you view your child as a student.
  • Assume best intentions. Assume that teachers have your child's best interest at heart.  We all want the students to learn and do well in school. Coming to the conference with this frame of mind will lead to a more positive and productive parent-teacher conference.
  • Keep the emphasis on learning. The focus of the conference should be about how the child is doing academically in school and how they can continue to progress.
  • Ask how you can support learning at home. Ask how you can help your child at home so they can continue to grow and progress while at school. Home-school collaboration is key for student success.
As always, thank you for your support.

Andrew Matteo

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Schools and families share the same goal: the success of the student. The students have a greater chance of being successful when both parents and teachers communicate with each other.  As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. You know them better than the school ever will.  Teachers are professionals who have a different perspective to offer and can offer greater insight into a student's academic strengths and areas for growth.     Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most effective methods we have to foster on-going home-school communication.  

This year at Dater, parent-teacher conferences for all students will be held on November 7, 8, and 9.  On those days students will attend school from 8:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. with bus service being provided for those students receiving transportation.  There will be no lunch on these dates. You will have one 15-minute conference facilitated by both your child's Humanities and Math/Science teachers.  The date and time of this conference is listed below. If you are unable to attend the conference assigned to you, contact your child's teacher in order to reschedule your conference.  They will do their best to accommodate your schedule.  Please be aware that your child's teachers have a limited number of evening conferences available on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8.