Before emails, cell phones, text messages, websites, WeChat, and tweets, Parent-Teacher Conferences really was one of the few ways parents can talk with teachers about their child’s performance in school. Things have changed. Our teachers regularly communicate with families on the progress being made by our students, and Parent Teacher Conference shouldn’t be just another way for teachers to tell you something you probably already know.
Here’s what you should do: Speak with your child’s teacher not just about how they are doing, but what you should be doing next. Whether it’s reading more newspaper articles, practicing on Khan Academy, making up missed projects, or students getting their cell phone privileges taken away, families should go home on March 16th knowing exactly what they should do the next day to help their child succeed.
To help you with this aim, our literacy coach Ms. Jenal, ENL Coordinator Ms. Bagni, and our STEM coach Ms. Beltran will be hosting several short workshops on reading with your child as well as using technology to prepare for the state test. After meeting with teachers, you will be able to attend these short workshops and ask questions about how to support your child like an expert.
Additonally, Parent Coordinator Ms. Pimentel is organizing a schedule for parents needing translation on Parent Teacher Conferences so that our translators do not get overwhelmed during “rush hour”. If you are willing to translate, please reach out to Ms. Pimentel at 718-446-3308 ext 1331.