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Thursday, November 22, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Parent Tips Preparing for Your Child's Parent/Teacher Conference Parent/Teacher conferences offer one of the best op- portunities 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 what 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 opportunity: 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. Beprepared 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 separation or divorce, family illness, new baby, death in the famil3 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'sperformance. At the conference • Arrive on time and stay only for the amount of time scheduled for your appointment. 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. I • Talk about your child's interests and any special in- formation that he/she wanted discussed. • Make notes about discussion during the conference to review with your child. • Ask the teacher for her/his views on needed im- provements. 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 un- derstand. Sometimes an educator will use acronyms for special programs, i.e., IEP (Individualized Education Plan), TLC (The Lunch Concern), ADD (Attention Deft' cit 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 emphasize any positive comments the teacher made. • Talk with your child about strategies for improve- ment 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 confer- ence. • 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. LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY I By Jill Anderson, Principal One )f my tasks as a building principal is that "learn- ing" occurs for not only our students, but our teachers. Working collaboratively in recurring cycles of collec- tive inquiry and action research should yield better re- sults for the students they serve. I feel strongly that "two heads are better than one" and teachers should be ex- pected to collaborate with their peers. It is a building expectation that they share strategies and tools at least once per week within their team. The teams learn from each other, much like the students do within the class- room. I wanted to share what the Lakewood staff did dur- ing the building portion of the early out this month. At least once per month, the teachers come in early to work collaborative to analyze student data, but we needed more time to design specific instruction for our students. The teams of teachers met with each other and diag- nosed reading scores of their class. Each teacher is re- sponsible for a classroom response plan, which give a prescription of instruction, based on each student's needs. The other part of the time together was spent on analyzing rigor and how instruction can change within the classroom in order to produce better thinkers. The focus of the presentation was based on the difference between surface engagement and cognitive engagement. These early outs are invaluable to the work that we do as educators. Upcoming Events Dec. 5 Early Out, Teacher Professional Development - 12 p.m. Dec. 7 PTO Holiday Shoppe 7-8 a.m. Dec. 13 PTO Holiday Shoppe 7-8 a.m. Dec. 14 PTO Holiday Shoppe 7-8 a.m. Dec. 20 Make-up day for any snow days prior to 12/14/12 Dec. 20-Jan. 2 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL (unless snow days) First day back from Winter break for students Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL Jan. 3 Jan. 14 PHOTO PRINTING is a full commercial pn00ter located in Carlisle. Give us a call. We can print your flyers, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, magazines, newsletters, books, etc. Free Estimates. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st St., Carlisle, IA 50047 515-989-3251 Every day ways to earn $$ for Norwalk hools ] Think OutsideThe Pie (NAPS)--Although med- ical research suggests eat- ing pecans in moderation may reduce the risk of heart disease, 54 percent of Ameri- cans are unaware of how good those nuts can be," according to a new survey. Most eat pecans in baked goods but health experts sug- gest you snack on pecans as well. They fit the USDA Dietary Guidelines of eating a variety of protein foods, including lean meat, eggs, beans and nuts, such as pecans. www.boxtops4education.com 4 Every day ways to earn: Clip: Clip box tops from different food items, Ziploc bags and containers, Avery office products and more. Turn your box tops in at Medicap and they will MATCH your donation! Shop: Before you shop online, log in to www.boxtops4education.com and earn box tops for every purchase you make. There are over 250 popular e-railers to choose from. Click= Earn boxtops for completing surveys, downloading recipes, and more. Bonus= Retailers offer bonus opportunities, sweepstakes and savings, so check the website often! Walmart KOHLS ...... .o REDCard - Debit or Credit 1% of every Target purchase on the debit or credit card, and 1/2% of every non-Target purchase on the credit card go toward the school of your choice. You MUST designate the school at www.target.com! Cardmembers also enjoy 5% off of all Target and target.com purchases, as well as FREE SHIPPING! ;;;i.'] Earn points for the school by :-4 clipping labels from over 2,500 i items such as: www.labelsforeducation.com Snacking on pecans can do your heart good. You can substitute pecans for many ordinary snack foods, explained Beth Hubrich, a reg- istered dietitian. "Pecans are a power food that help you feel full for a longer period of Rme. Their tender texture and rich, buttery flavor make pecans an ideal snack choice." Here are a few snacking suggestions from the National Pecan Shellers Association: • Instead of salty snacks, try a handful of pecan halves. Pecans are naturally sodium- free. • Sprinkle pecans on yo- gurt, cereal or a salad for more zinc--an important nutrient for proper growth and immunity. For recipes and more, visit www.ilovepecans.org.