Insights For Families

Open and frequent communication about your child’s progress is extremely important to establishing a successful home-school relationship. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher by phone or email.
While teachers strive to maintain positive communication with parents, concerns can sometimes arise. If this happens, it is important to model constructive problem-solving behavior and demonstrate respect in expressing thoughts and feelings. Please avoid involving children in disagreements.

Strategies for Parents

  • Listen to your child and when there are complaints, remember there are two sides to every story
  • Decide if calling the teacher is necessary—a cooling off period may be all that your child needs
  • Talk directly to the teacher in person or by phone; check the facts, define the problem and prepare a solution
  • Avoid criticizing teachers in front of children

Teachers will…

  • Listen to your concerns and ask clarifying questions
  • Avoid a defensive response
  • Ask you to call or come back if agreeable solution is not reached
  • Work with you to find a solution
  • Principals will mediate conflicts between parents and teachers if the above communication strategies fail

If attempts to resolve the problem are not met with a satisfactory resolution, please contact the principal to discuss your concerns.

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Helping your children succeed in math
Bully-proofing Your Children
Guiding children in online use
Get children moving
Summer learning tips
Morning tips for getting children up and ready
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Talking to children about violence
Helping children understand and use maps
Helping your children with math
Talking with your children about the news
Teaching children to be thankful
Halloween safety
Must-do guides for back to school
Sneaking in learning during the summer
Minimizing the risk of online predators
Helping children deal with peer pressure
Helping children focus at school
Your children’s nutrition
Simple strategies for creating strong readers
Flu prevention
Kids and technology
Preparing for a parent-teacher conference
Teaching children about money
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Communicating when you are angry
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