Point Road School has been very busy during the month of October, and it looks as if November will be another busy month! There are many exciting things happening during the month of November. We have the Wizards game, Celebrating Different Learners’ Day, report cards, the Bag Brigade, conferences and many November classroom activities.
Have you remembered to sign up for November conferences? Please see the sign up section on the Point Road website, if you have not!
In addition, our Lost and Found is growing! Please take some time during conferences to review the items that have not been claimed. We have many large and small items in our collection! Please remember if you label your child’s clothing, it makes it much easier for our Keepers of the Lost and Found to return the item to your child.
Often parents ask, "Why should I need to be involved in school?"There are many benefits when parents are involved in their child's education, including:
- Completed homework
- Higher grades and test scores
- Better attitudes and behavior
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards are intended for all students. This includes students who are college-bound or career-bound, gifted and talented, those whose native language is not English, students with disabilities, and students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Insistence on the core curriculum means that every student will be involved in experiences addressing all of the expectations set forth in all nine content areas. A core curriculum does not mean that all students will be enrolled in the same courses. Different groups of students should address the standards at different levels of depth and should complete the core curriculum according to different timetables. Depending on their interests, abilities, and career plans, many students will and should development knowledge and skills that go beyond the specific indicators on the Student Learning Standards. Nevertheless, all students should complete all elements of the core curriculum.
Continue to talk to your child about what they are learning. Talk to the teachers regularly about your child and how he or she is doing. Ask your child's teacher for suggestions on how to support school work at home.
- Speak positively about school and about your child's teacher.
- Talk to your child about the importance of school.
- Make sure your child gets to school on time.
- Attend parent-teacher conferences and special events.
- Answer notes and calls from your child's teacher.
- Visit your child's classroom.
- Support student events and performances by helping with them (such as providing transportation for rehearsals, working on projects, and attending class and school events).
- Participate in workshops that are offered.
- You can help your child perform better at school if you:
- Read with your child.
- Encourage reading and writing.
- Keep books, magazines, and newspapers in your home.
- Take your child to the library.
- Discuss what your child reads.
- Encourage your child to write notes to grandparents and other relatives.
- Suggest that your child keep a journal.
- Make sure your child arrives at school well rested.
- Make sure your child has a good breakfast before school.
- Set a regular time and ensure a quiet place for your child to do homework.
- Ask your child what he or she has learned in school each day.
- Limit his or her television, computer, and video game time.
- Praise and encourage your child.
- Celebrate your child's successes.
- Have high expectations for your child’s learning and behavior, both at home and at school.
- Emphasize effort and achievement, and be a role model for getting work done before play.
- Establish rules and routines in the home.
- Use car time to talk to your child about what you see from the car, about his or her day, about your day, etc.
- Plan to eat at least one meal each day as a family, and use this time for positive family discussions.
- Let your child help prepare the meal, and talk about each step.
- Look for things to do together as a family.
- Help your child develop a homework schedule that he or she can stick to.
- Find out how much and what type of homework is assigned in each class, how students are expected to prepare it and turn it in, and what students can do when they do not understand something. Help your child manage the workload by dividing it into small doses.
- Talk to your child each day about homework assignments, go over work, see if it is complete,and ask questions about it.
- Provide a suitable place for study (if possible, make it quiet and away from the distractions of TV, phone, and loud music).
- Reward progress, use lots of praise,and display good work.
- Avoid making homework a punishment.
During conference time, teachers are prepared to discuss your child's progress; they have work samples to discuss with you and suggestions for what you can do to help your child continue to be successful. It is also important for you, as a parent, to come to the conference prepared. Here are some suggestions for you to consider before you attend your parent-teacher conference:
- Talk to your children before the conference. Find out what they think are their best subjects and what subjects they like the least. Find out why.
- Ask your children if there is anything they would like you to talk about with their teacher. Make sure your children do not worry about the meeting. Help them understand that you and their teacher are meeting together in order to help them.
- Write down some notes of things that you think are important to share.
- Think about your child's life at home, personality, problems, habits, and hobbies you feel are important for the teacher to know.
- Develop a list of questions to address your concerns.Consider these questions:
- How well does my child get along with others?
- What are my child's best and worst subjects?
- Is my child working up to his or her ability?
- Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
Be sure to ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child do better. This is the most important part of the meeting, and it will become your action plan. If the teacher says something you do not quite understand, ask for further explanation. It is a good idea to end the conference by summing up decisions you have made together.
Following the conference, immediately begin the action plan you and the teacher worked out together. Discuss the plan with your child. Make sure he or she knows that you and the teacher care. To see if the action plan is working, watch your child's behavior and check your child's class work and homework.
Stay in regular touch with the teacher to discuss the progress your child is making. Meeting with your child's teacher should help build strong parent-teacher partnerships, which are needed if you and your child's teacher are to reach your common goal of helping your child get the best education possible.
Thank you for your continued support! Wishing you an awesome November!
Pamela Albert Devine
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