Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents,

Our students have accomplished some solid learning this past quarter, and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.  This week our teachers have been preparing for Parent/Teacher Conferences, which are scheduled for next Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19.  Report cards are complete, and teachers are ready to report on your child’s learning goals and how your child is doing academically and socially. Our teachers have a lot to communicate in the limited time available during a conference, but we encourage you to ask questions as well.  Here are a few questions you might consider asking:

  • What specific knowledge and skills are expected of my child that may not be reflected on their report card?
  • How is my child’s progress measured?
  • How can I support you at home?

As we work to create an environment that teaches growth mindset rather than fixed mindset, our conversations with our students about learning are critical.  You can help us with that.  When you sit down to have follow up conversations with your child, be sure to praise the effort your child has put in, and try to avoid statements that suggest your child is “smart” or “not smart” in a particular area.  For example, say this:

“I liked the effort you put in.  Let’s work together some more and figure out what you don’t understand.”  (Rather than:  “Some people are just not good at math – don’t worry about it.”)

“I like the way you tried all kinds of strategies on that math work until you finally got it.” (Rather than: “Wow, you did great on that math – you’re smart.”)

“It was a long, hard quarter, but you stuck to it and got it done.  That’s great.” (Rather than:  “See, I told you that would be easy – you’re so smart.”)

The love of learning comes from satisfaction in overcoming the struggle and working hard enough to solve problems and to stick with it.  Other dinner table growth mindset kinds of questions:  “What mistake did you make that taught you something?”  “What did you try hard at today?”

On the 17th, we are also offering technology Q & A drop-in sessions in the computer lab until 6:30 p.m.  Erica Wray and Bryce DeRoos will be available to answer any questions parents might have regarding technology, such as Chromebooks, iPads, Google Accounts, website (subscribing to calendars, accessing blogs, registration materials, etc.), technology tools in place at OSD, as well as general communication (Infinite Campus – lunch balance, attendance, etc.), and social media channels. We’ll also have computers available if you would like to complete the BrightBytes survey at that time.

The Book Fair will be open and available for shopping each evening.  It might be a good time to do some shopping to stash away a few Christmas gifts for your children and their teachers.  Let me know if you might be interested in volunteering at the Book Fair.

Also, please do not forget to check the “Lost and Not Yet Found” area, located in the kindergarten wing.  There are TOO MANY items in this area for this time of year.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday and Thursday night!

Ann Steenwyk