Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MS Parent Conferences: February 27, 2014

While it is snowing outside, in the halls of Armfield we are beginning to think about Spring and preparing your students to finish strong. I am writing to introduce the framework for our Parent/Teacher Conferences on February 27. The goal of these conferences is to have an opportunity to meet with your child’s subject teachers to discuss specific class issues, create, update, or modify existing support structures, or address comments from the recent 2nd trimester report cards.

The format of these conferences is different than the lower school. First, we do not require you to meet with all of your child’s teachers. We encourage you to identify those classes where a conference will be most productive and make those a priority when signing up for a time slot. If you have received an email or phone call from one of your child’s teachers requesting a conference on February, please make every effort to do so.

Second, we do not set your conference schedule. Similar to the fall, there is a link to the conference sign up sheet below, and we ask that you fill in a time slot with the appropriate teacher on your own. Teachers have their own tab at the bottom of the screen. Once you are on their page, you will see the subject they teach and slots that can be filled in with your name.

Third, conferences are scheduled for 15 minute increments with 5 minutes between conferences so the teacher can prepare. We have increased the amount of time allotted in order to have as complete a conversation as possible. I realize you may still need more time.  We are ready to facilitate that need with a conference outside of this day, but to be fair to all the other families, please keep conferences to the 15 minute time limit.

Finally, we will be offering drop-in daycare in the Haley Classroom during conferences, from 8:00 - 5:00. The cost is $5.00 per child, which can be paid by cash or check and is due at drop off. Please notify your child that this is an opportunity to work on homework, projects or other schoolwork and not an open gym opportunity.

You can sign up for conferences at the following link: Middle School Spring Conferences 2014

Thank you all for your continued support and partnership as we work to develop outstanding middle school students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at skeend@canterburygso.org or 336-288-2007 x131.

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