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Page Eighteen N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 21, 2010 OVIATT ELEMENTARY o By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal Parent Tips Preparing for Your Child's Parent/Teacher Conferences Parent/Teacher conferences offer one of the best opportunities for both parents and educators to establish a partnership, ,which can lead to academic success and setting the tone for positive communication "The more parents can understand and support whdt teachers do, the more they help their children," reported Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Judith H. Jaynes in their book Eager to Learn. When parents and teachers work together, they can make an unbeatable team. Parent/Teacher conferences help build that team. Here are some tips for parents to help them make the most of this valuable oppor- tunitv: Before the Conference Write down questions you want to discuss such as: • How is my child doing in class? • Is my child performing at his or her grade level in math, reading, science, etc.? • Does my child use time well? • Does my child follow directions? • How are my child's work habits? • Does.my child need help in any academic area or need to be referred to school specialists? • How much homework do you assign? How much time should I expect my child to spend on homework each night (week)? • What aspects of school does he/she seem to enjoy most? • What are my child's strengths and weaknesses? • How does my child get along with classmates? • Does my child show any leadership qualities? • What can I do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom? Talk with your child about the fact that you have a meeting with his or her teacher. Ask the child if he/she has any concerns. Discuss what the child feels are his/her successes, likes and dislikes about school. Ask if there are any problems you should discuss with the teacher. Be prepared to talk and listen during the conference. What goes on at home affects how well a child does in school. Be sure to let-the teacher know about such key events as a sep'ation or divorce, family illness, new baby, death in the family, loss of a beloved pet, etc. It is not necessary to share all your personal business, but it will help your child's teacher to know about important events that may affect your child's performance. At the conference • Arrive on time and stay only for the amount of time scheduled for your appoint- ment. If important questions have not been discussed, ask for a future appointment. Overstaying your allotted time can put the teacher in an awkward position with other parents. • Talk about your child's interests and any special information that he/she wanted discussed. • Make notes about discussion during the conference to review with your child. q SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES b SPONSORED BY: *COMMUNITY STATE BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS CUSTOM embroidery/screen print- 953-6306 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *MAID RITE SANDWICH SHOP 981-1031 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 • Ask the teacher for her/his views on needed improvements. If your child needs additional help, ask if the school or district provides a list of tutors or after-school classes. • Ask the teacher to explain anything you do not understand. Sometimes an edu- cator will use acronvms for special programs, i.e., IEP (Individualized Education Plan), TLC (The Lunch Concern), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), BD (Behavior Disorder) etc. • Summarize your understanding of your child's progress and your child's teacher's comments to make sure you and the teacher are in agreement. • Follow- up on any plan of action agreed to by you and your child's teacher. Stay in touch with the teacher. If you think of additional questions later, send a note or leave a message at the school for the teacher to call you. After the conference • Discuss with your child what was said during the conference. Be sure to empha- size any positive comments the teacher made. • Talk with your child about strategies for improvement in academic areas and about other topics such as discipline issues, school activities that might interest your child, work habits, getting along with classmates-whatever topics were discussed during the conference. • Use this as a chance to praise your child (for a.project, an activity or just for. helping you prepare for the conference) and to demonstrate interest in your child's life. Oviatt's Conferences dates are as follows. If you need to check your time please call the office, 981-1005. Nov. 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8 p.m. Nov. 10 No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 11 No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 12 No School MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS By Ken Foster, 6-7 Principal Target Donates to Middle School Every fall, parents and students go through the dreaded ritual of buying new school supplies. First they try to find the list that was sent out with the June packet and then they scour the ads for the best bargains. It is apparent that many of you found those bargains at Target. Norwalk Middle School recently received a check in the amotint of $621.41 from the "Target-Take Charge of Education" program. For every dollar you spent on school supplies at Target, portion of it carp,ab0c. to the Middle School. The staff and administration at NMS would like tO thank-air Of you who thought of us and indicated Norwalk Middle School as your school of preference. Oviatt Enters Recycling Challenge Iowa Grocery Industry Association and Metro Waste Authority have teamed up again for the 2010 Build with Bags School Challenge, a partnership to help teach kids about our environment and the importance of recycling. The program encourages elementary school students to recvcle plastic shopping bags and challenges the schools to get residents to use reusable shopping bags in- stead of plastic. • For each school that collects at least 100 pounds of recycled plastic shopping bags (approximately 60 bags weighs one pound) and receives credit for 100 reusable shopping bags, Iowa Grocery In. dustry Association and Metro Waste Authority will award a $100 gift card to that school. • The contest will begin Monday, Oct. 4 and will continue through FridaN Nov. 5. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 15, America Recycles Day. • People who use reusable shopping bags at any grocery store in the metro (ex- amples: Scott's, Hy-Vee, Dahl's, Fareway, Wal-Mart) will receive one point for each bag they use. For every 10 reusable bags, the school receives credit for one pound. (HINT: It takes approximately 60 plastic shopping bags to make one pound. It's easy to see that using reusable bags is the fastest way to reach your goal!) • New this year!! KEY TAGS-The reusable bag portion of the challenge takes on a new twist this year. MWA and IGIA have partnered with SHAZAM to provide each participating school with a set number of barcOde key tags to use. Each school will have a unique UPC number specific to their school. The key tag will be swiped forevery reusable bag used when customers check out. The stores will not have the key tags at the registers. It will be the responsibility of the shopper to have their key tag available at checkout. The stores will then submit the number of reusable bags each school has earned every week. • Each week the results from each school will be posted online at www.mwatoday.com. Click on the link to the School Challenge to see each school's progress. • Our hope is that you will encourage your elementary schools to participate. This program is a great opportunity to teach students and parents the importance of the three R's. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Last year with great help from Scott's Foods and Fareway, Oviatt Elementary re- cycled 406 pounds of plastic shopping bags and received credit for 1,324 reusable bags from Scott's and Fareway in which we came in second place and won a park bench made from recycled plastic, which is now outside the main entrance of Oviatt. This year Oviatt's goal is to win first place and we are asking the public to help donate plastic bags by sending them with an Oviatt student or dropping them by the Oviat office. As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a-step forward. -Vincent van Goh