Fredericksburg Parent

September 2014

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www.FredParent.NET • • • 15 Share Info About You (I would include this information along with your student's information above.) 1. Let the teacher know the best way to contact you. (While you may feel like you have filled out a dozen forms for emergencies, etc., conveying one method of communication is better than a teacher trying to track you down via a landline that you never use.) 2. Let the teacher know if you are willing to volunteer. This could be in the classroom or at home—there is a lot of prep work that goes into getting projects and bulletin boards ready and the teacher might appreciate your willingness to help cut or sort items at home. 3. share any relevant information about your family life that might have an effect on your student's school performance. Let teachers know about current or upcoming deployments and changes in family dynamics. Kerry Pinto is a former educator and administrator taking a break from teaching while her kiddos are little. She lives in Stafford. Get to Know the School 1. What are some ways for parents to be involved in school activities? The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is one of the best ways to be involved in the school. 2. What are the policies in place for school security? 3. Does the school have an open lunchroom policy where you can eat lunch with your child? 4. What events (i.e carnivals, bingo nights) does the school sponsor that are geared toward families? Share Info About Your Student (I suggest writing these down and physically giving the teacher your input.) 1. share the strengths (loves to read) and weaknesses (impulsive) of your child. 2. share how your student best learns. (i.e. loves hands-on projects or loves to write) 3. Tell the teacher what interests your child. (When my son was in preschool, he would cling to my leg virtually every day for the first few weeks…okay,months. Knowing that he loved Matchbox cars, his teacher began setting up a car city that he could play with when he walked in in the morning, easing his transition time.) 4. Let the teacher know any medical information about your child. Matthew H. Caspersen, D.D.S., M.S. (540) 371-2611 (888) 371-2612 • Helping adults & children of all ages • Offering affordable payment options • Military discounts available • FREE Consultation! Featuring quality American-made braces

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