Parent-Teacher Conference Tips

Parents- I found this article from NAESP in my files and wanted to share it with you.  Hope you find it helpful! - Kate

     The essential foundation of school-community cooperation has always been-and always will be- the parent-school partnership.  Nobody knows your child as well as you do.  This is why taking part in parent-teacher conferences is one of the most important ways you can help your child succeed in school.

     Conferences help you monitor your child’s progress at school.  They help you nip problems in the bud.  They provide an opportunity to make plans for students with special needs.  They help parents truly get acquainted with the school and the teacher.

     Similarly, conferences help teachers understand the whole child and develop individualized instruction.  The teacher becomes better able to suggest effective ways parents can help students.  In short, the parent and the teacher form a trust-building partnership.  The resulting home-school alliance helps the child build self-esteem and learn to value doing well in school.

    Here are some tips on how to make the most of your conferences with your teacher:

  • Plan the time.  For working parents and those with young children it can be tough to find time for conferences.  One answer might lie in using vacation time.  Or perhaps your employer will let you make up the time or allow a coworker to cover for you.  If necessary, swap babysitting favors with a friend.  If you totally run out of possibilities and have absolutely no alternative, arrange a telephone conference.
  • Both parents should attend, or at least take turns attending, so the child feels the support of both parents.  Remarried parents might invite their new spouses to help foster a blended family unity.  It is helpful if noncustodial or shared parents participate, especially if the child spends time in both homes.  If necessary, the school will hold two separate conferences.
  • Involve your child.  Ask your child if he or she wants you to discuss something special at the meeting.  Find out what your child likes and dislikes most about school, what is easy and what is hard, and how school could be better.  (And remember to share the results of the meeting, good and bad, with your child.)
  • Make a list of questions.  jot down matters you want to ask the teacher about:  How does your child get along with other students?  Participate in class?  Follow rules?  What are his or her strengths and weaknesses?  Is progress taking place, and is it steady?  Does the teacher work with the child in special ways?  How can you help?
  • Share information.  Tell the teacher about any major events at home (positive or negative), such as a new baby…what seems to be the development of a medical condition…the death of a relative or favorite pet…separation or divorce or remarriage…a job change…a grandparent or step-siblings moving into the home…money problems.  The teacher will treat the information confidentially and will be able to respond appropriately to your child when these events have an impact at school-which they usually do!
  • Take a cooperative attitude.  Your child benefits from knowing his teacher and parents are working together to help him succeed.  If your child has a serious problem at school (academic or social), it is imperative to participate in the meeting in a calm manner.  If tempers flare, neither you nor the teacher can concentrate on developing a joint plan of action to solve your child’s problems.  If the problems are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may want to schedule a follow-up meeting with staff specialists or the principal.
  • Impromptu conferences can help, too.  Make appointments for intermittent meetings if a problem suddenly surfaces.  A teacher may also request an intermediate visit.  Many problems can be solved if they are addressed immediately.  Impromptu meetings, coupled with regular grading-period visits, help teacher, parent, and student stay on the right track.

Thank You

A very special THANK YOU to all of the wonderful parents that helped us celebrate Halloween in room 104.  The children had a great time at the carnival.  Thank you also to the families that sent in treats to share with classmates.  Everyone went home with lots of yummy goodies!  Have a safe and very happy halloween!oct09_bat3

Picture Day


Our class pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 22nd.  If you would like to purchase photos please complete the form and return payment in the provided envelope.  Picture forms & envelopes were sent home in backpacks earlier this week.  If you did not receive one please contact me for a replacement.

September Book Orders


Our class Scholastic book order has been processed. The shipment should be arriving at Disney by October 7th. Your generous book order has purchased more than 12 new books for our classroom library. Room 104 loves reading! Thank you families!











Room 104 will enjoy some pirate themed fun today! We will learn to talk like pirates, read fun pirate books, and earn some pirate booty for good behavior.  Here are a few words and phrases to continue the pirate fun at home tonight: (from

Captain Booty’s – Talk Like a Pirate – Crash Course

Ahoy! – An energetic greeting to yer fellow mate… like hello.

Aloft - A reference to climbin’ to or being among the sails above or upper rigging overhead on yer ship.

Articles - An agreement of behavior between th’ Captain an’ his crew.

Avast Ye! – A stern request to halt yer activity and listen up.

Aye! - Yes or I agree…

Aye Aye! – Yes, Captain… I’ll take care of it…ye can count on me.

Arrr! (an’ variations) – Arrr or similar (interjection to show excitement or pause) – Yarrr (agreement on yer mates comments) – Harrr (expresses amusement or laughter)

Bilge Rat! – A scoundrel… an’ a general insult lashed upon a shipmate.

Black Spot – A mark givin’ to a pirate of an impending doom… the mark of cursed soul!

Booty - A pirates treasure… make sure ye get yer share while playin’ a game o’ Crossbones matey!

Broadside - A discharge of all cannons… attackin’ the main (broad) part of an enemy ship.

Cap’n – A reference to a superior officer… Captain o’ the ship.

Davy Jones’ Locker – A final restin’ place at the bottom o’ the sea for drowned pirates. – See more at:

Scholastic Book Orders

     Each month your child will bring home order forms from the Scholastic Book Clubs.  These book clubs are a convenient way for you to acquire quality children’s literature at very reasonable prices.  Each purchase you make earns our class free Scholastic books.  Please do not feel obligated to make a purchase from the book club.  These books and many other fine books are available at the public library too.

Our school will host a Scholastic Book Fair during our parent-teacher conferences.  A book fair is a temporary book store with part of the proceeds benefiting the Disney PTA.  Students will have the opportunity to browse/purchase books during the school day.  The book fair will be open to all visitors during regular conference hours.  Items for purchase vary in price from $2.00 erasers to $25.00 large hardcover books. A 10% sales tax will be added to all purchases.

Scholastic Book Order Instructions

Brochure Ordering:  Please complete the order form on the back of the brochure.  Enclose order form & payment in a sealed envelope or baggie.  Clearly mark the outside of the envelope/baggie with your child’s name and room number.

 Online Ordering:Click on the picture below to be taken to our class link.  Our class code is NFQ96. Follow the instructions on the website to order.  Payment must be made online at time of order.



Delivery: Book orders will arrive about 1 week from the order due date stamped on brochures.  All books will be sent home with your child in their backpack.

Gifts: If you are planning to use all or part of your order as a gift for your child please indicate this with your order.  I will contact you by note/email when your order arrives to arrange special delivery.

Thank you for supporting our reading program!




Room 104 Reading Parents:

Due to technical difficulties, we had a delayed start to the testing session. Most children did not complete the reading MAP test today. We will have an additional test date added to provide more time. I will post an updated test schedule as soon as it is available.

Your child has brought home a writing assignment (Draw and write 2+ sentences about playing with your pals.) and vocabulary word practice sheet for homework tonight. Please return both assignments tomorrow. Thank you!



Return forms please!


Parents please take time this weekend to complete and return the school forms sent home the first day. I am collecting the emergency medical forms, medical information booklets, and the student signature page from the Code of Conduct book. Please contact me if you did not receive one of these forms. Have a great weekend!


Addition to Supply List



Students are welcome to keep a change of clothing in their backpack for emergencies. Please check that clothing is seasonally appropriate for outside recess. It is always a good idea to label items from home with your child’s first and last name. – Thank you!