Dear Maple East Parents,
Welcome to November at Maple East! I hope you had the opportunity to attend Fall Fun Night the evening of October 27. Thanks to all who helped to make this such a fantastic event!
During November, we have several days with no student attendance, as well as early dismissal days. Please remember that there will be no school on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veteran’s Day, and Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, for the Thanksgiving Recess.
In addition, parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and on Friday, November 17 and Monday, November 20, beginning at 11:00 am. Please keep in mind that students will be dismissed at 10:30 on both Friday and Monday. The buses roll at 10:30, so please be certain to make arrangements for your children on these early dismissal days. Your cooperation is certainly appreciated.
Parent-teacher conferences are a wonderful opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments and to develop a plan with your child’s teacher to work on areas that require improvement. Many parents wonder what they can do to help their child be more successful in school. According to the National Committee for Citizens in Education, the number one factor contributing to student success in school is not school supplies, or even I.Q. It is parent involvement. Parents who stay involved in their school send a message to their children that school is important.
One simple way to remain involved is to show an interest in homework and projects. Check student agendas for assignments and monitor your child’s progress when completing homework. In addition, keep the lines of communication open between home and school. Sometimes parents wonder if they should “bother” the teacher with a problem. At times parents may wonder if they should just keep quiet and let things work out. Teachers do want to know what’s going on in their students’ lives – and the earlier the better. Chances are if you’ve noticed a problem, your child’s teacher has probably seen it also.
With any problem, it’s usually best to start by contacting the teacher. Some situations that should be discussed with the teacher include if you see dramatic changes in your child’s behavior, when there’s been a change in your family situation, such as a death, family illness, or divorce, and whenever grades drop. In addition, there may be times you suspect your child may be telling you things that aren’t true. When day after day your child says there’s no homework – but other parents say their kids have assignments – you may want to get the real story.
Sooner or later, almost every child will face a problem in school. Fortunately, most problems can be resolved when parents and schools work together. Perhaps the most important thing is to act quickly before the problem gets out of hand. Your support and involvement is both appreciated and critical for student success. Together we can develop lifelong learners who are positive, productive, and responsible citizens.
As we enter this wonderful season of thankfulness and family traditions, may you build fond memories of good times together with family and friends.
Ms. Cathy Mihalic