Dear Families,

We have spoken before about possibilities that arise and how we embrace these. This week, I want to speak about strengthening our school-home relationships and express gratitude for the way in which you are participating in the co-construction of our collective understanding regarding how children learn and what we value in education.

We are extremely excited to engage in conversations during the upcoming parent-teacher conferences with families in this unique opportunity on May 14 and May 15. This conversation will focus on sharing with the primary purpose of celebrating and speaking about next steps. While teachers engage with children through the online connections, parents are accompanying their children and observing their learning first hand throughout the day.
So, we invite you to place close attention to how your child interacts with learning, how they learn best, the role that play has in their lives, what they enjoy, the effort that they put into challenging situations, how your relationship contributes to their sense of resilience... enjoy observing and take note of what you see. We know that children benefit from focusing on positivism and strengthening their confidence and boosting their self-esteem will always be a priority. As we think about their distance learning experience, we will together, harness this as a moment of celebration and project our true belief in their potential, in their intelligence and in the endless possibilities that are coming their way. Below are a set of suggested guiding questions for your reflection and observations/conversations with your children that we ask that you consider prior to conferences.

Guiding questions for you to engage with your child:

  • What have you discovered as the best parts of distance learning? 
  • What have you learned how to do during this time at home?
  • What would you be excited to learn about next?
  • What/Who has helped you as a learner during this time of learning from home?

Guiding questions for parent reflections (jot down your reflections to bring to conferences):

  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child as a learner that perhaps you did not know before?
  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child’s way of playing and learning through play that you did not know before?
  • How has your child responded to this way of learning- working online; working with parent as a partner/coach; coping with #stayathome reality?
  • How is your child contributing to your family’s experience?
  • What opportunities exist in your family structure/dynamics for your child to express emotions and build resilience?

Parent Opportunities Coming Up:

  • Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. - Link to RSVP

"Parents as Influencers of a Growth Mindset"
Link to join the meeting:
Zoom Meeting ID: 924 7947 0594

  • Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m.

"Self-Regulation and use of Zones of Regulation at Home"

  • Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15

"Parent Teacher Conferences" (Information regarding schedules will follow from your teachers)

Updates on Distance Learning Model:

Beginning next week, Spanish teachers will offer an additional opportunity for a live session for students in grades 1-5. Instrumentals has also been added to the live sessions for grades 4-5, and there is a book club that has been launched by our librarian for grades 2-5.

Always together,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal