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As we have gone through the very important process of Parent/Teacher conferences this week, it has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on the many and varied ways in which we build relationships between students, parents, and staff. Providing feedback and opportunity for discussion on a student’s social, emotional, spiritual, and academic progress is essential to the educational process, and one that we take very seriously. For that reason, we created a schedule in which progress reports alternate with parent/teacher conferences to provide four distinct, formal check points throughout the school year.
Progress Report narratives are intended to provide a balanced snap shot of the student as a whole, from social-emotional development, to specific academic characteristics, to his/her connection with Jewish Values, culminating in specific goals. Our teachers and administrative team work collaboratively to provide input in the writing of one cohesive student essay. We thank all of our teachers for the countless hours that they spend in order to provide this extremely valuable, detailed communication piece.
Parent/Teacher conferences are a time for parents to feel welcome, valued, listened to, and validated as part of the learning process. It is a personal discussion about the student’s strengths, performance, and progress on goals. We invite questions, and hope that the discussion is balanced, purposeful, and meaningful.
Informal communication is also essential to the relationships that we build, and we have an incredible staff to provide specific expertise in social/emotional issues, advanced learners, struggling learners, etc. Just send us an e-mail or give us a call if you have a question. Eduloops, this E-Newsletter, the digital screen in the office, our Facebook page, and our website are also updated regularly to communicate with you from a variety of platforms.
Thank you for your participation in Parent/Teacher conferences and for providing invaluable feedback to our School. We appreciate it and know that it makes us stronger!
Director of Curriculum and Instruction