Dear Families,

It’s that time of year again when we get to intentionally talk about each child’s start to the school year during parent/teacher conferences.  The teachers are preparing data for the conferences and taking the necessary time to individually consider your child as a whole person when you sit down together.  The following is a list of potential questions you may wish to ask your child’s teacher to ensure that you find value in your time together:

What is my child expected to learn this year, and how will this be evaluated?

What subjects are strongest or weakest for my child?

Is my child having any struggles? (homework, timeliness, social interactions, attitude, etc.)

Is my child participating in class?  (discussions, activities, etc.)

How are my child’s test-taking skills?

Is my child performing to his/her fullest potential?

Does my child need extra help in any areas?

What can I do at home to support what you do in the classroom?

How can I support my child’s progress?

May I tell you what’s going on at home?

How does my child contribute to the atmosphere of the class?

How does my child interact socially at school?

What does my child exhibit emotionally at school?

Feel free to make notes prior to your conference with a teacher, or print this list.  If you run out of time when you are working together, you may request from the teacher extra time to chat during his/her office hours.  If that doesn’t work with your schedule, perhaps the teacher can answer additional questions via phone or email.

Ultimately, parent/teacher conferences provide another time to look at the day-to-day life of your child together.  The school experience of your child is absolutely strengthened by your true partnership with your child’s teacher and their communication with you!

In joyful service,

Mrs. Dolan


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