March 16th, 2017 is Parent Teacher Conference

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.

Home and School: Connecting the Thread of Routines

 

Your child’s classroom is a base with a flurry of knowledge, exchanges, ideas and productivity. As children make attempts, learn from failures and gain from achievements, there come structures that teachers pave from the beginning and carry on throughout the school year. From the start of a new year, students learn the rules and follow specific routines that create expectations that we all benefit from. And much like the moving gears of a class community, this type of structure might even be more important in the home.

A child’s active learning process, while exploratory, sits on the backbone of routines and rules. With that come age-appropriate rewards and consequences. Transferring what your child is accustomed to in his or her class and bringing that back home is a team effort. When you create an environment of academic expectation at home, you build the groundwork for learning and behavioral success that doesn’t end when the dismissal bell rings. The following are just a few reminders and suggestions you can try for your child(ren).

1. After school, set up a routine such as: snack, homework, checking the homework, then an activity of his or her choice. Setting allotted time for homework (ex. 45 minutes) is a useful tool. This means that your child will have to use all of that time for homework, or more if need be. This might help to alleviate problems such as rushing to finish his or her assignments. If your child finishes homework early, they still use the remainder of the time for some other academic practices.

2. Rewards for good behavior, making good choices, and earning good grades don’t need to cost money. Sometimes, a walk in the neighborhood together, 30 minutes at the playground, throwing a ball in the yard, helping to cook or bake, or an extra bedtime story is all that a child needs to feel rewarded

3. Speaking of bedtime stories, children can never be too old for them. Whether they read to you or you read to them, setting up 15 minutes or so each night for this important moment is a great way to wind down the day and builds on the bond with your child. It supports routines and paves a road to the love of books!

4. Setting up a regular “going to bed” time.

5. When issuing consequences, consistency is key. Consequence such as taking away technology, social media and outings should to be carried through. It might be easier for a child to disobey at home and at school if adults “give in”.

Parents4Parents: Be a Representative for Other Parents in Your Child’s Class/Grade

With more than 1,300 students and families, and almost 200 staff members, 102 is always going to be busy with activities and events. The more a school is willing to do for its students, the harder it is to keep all parents informed and engaged.

Our Parent’s Association team is absolutely incredible: they volunteer, the help, the make decisions, they answer questions–there’s little they wouldn’t do for the benefit of all of our students. Their jobs are hard enough if they were full-time employees, and we can’t thank them enough for doing so much as volunteers. To help them engage even more parents, we are asking for 1 parent from each class–and at least 1 per grade–to represent other parents as their representative so that they can be their voice.

These class “parents” will meet with myself, the principal, once a month to get information, ask questions, and help relay whatever concerns other parents in their class/grades may have. These meetings do not have to be in the morning, and are very causal events where the school can get to mingle with its families.  Class parents will also vote on behalf of other parents by voting on items such as how we spend our TITLE I funds.

Our Parent Coordinator Ms. Pimentel will be sending home a letter with more information. Don’t hesitate to join or ask for more information! 

New School-to-Parents Alert System: Make Sure We Have Your Correct Cell Number

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102 will begin using a new text message alert system to keep all parents informed. Please make sure we have your correct cell phone number on file and to follow the following directions to enroll:

At 9AM on Thursday, January 14th, you will receive a text message with the short code “67-587.” This short code will be our school’s text message number. Please accept your enrollment into our new system by texting back “Y” to the message.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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