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G&P Parent Coffee Talk: December 2015

G&P Parent Coffee Talk: December 2015
Posted on 11/30/2015
A big thank you to Anne Smith, beloved retired G&P teacher, and Laura Broach, current G&P Title 1 Teacher, for a very successful Parent Coffee Talk about Parent-Teacher Communication. Our next Parent Coffee Talk will be on Friday, December 11th at 8:30AM. We will discuss Special Education and have an opportunity to hear from Zuleka Queen-Postell, the new Special Education Liaison for the Cambridge Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) and G&P School Psychology Silvia Kinn. All are welcome!

Here are some tips that Anne shared with families:

How to communicate with the teacher throughout the year
  • Brief visit in the morning or at pick up
  • Written note or e-mail
  • Phone call to office
Communication … Do’s
  • Share medical information (allergies, injuries, etc.)
  • Share family history
  • Tell teacher if there is a change at home (illness, job loss, etc.)
  • Tell teacher if your child is unhappy or you have concerns
  • Go to the teacher directly if there is a problem (not the principal)
  • Approach teacher in a respectful way
  • Ask to set up a meeting with the teacher if you need to discuss something
  • Let teacher know that you appreciate him/her
  • Share good news with the teacher
Communication … Don’ts
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions/express concerns (nicely)
  • Don’t assume the teacher reads email during school day
  • Don’t overload teacher with email
  • Don’t believe everything your child tells you! ☺
And above all, assume good intentions! And remember that students do their best when parents and teachers are true partners!