At the Woodhaven School Council meeting in October, our members asked some good questions about communication between home and school. As I began to provide information on HOW each grade level communicates with parents, I was re-directed and our conversation switched from HOW staff communicate, to WHEN they communicate and WHAT they communicate. It was a great conversation, and a fantastic example of how our School Council can serve the entire learning community and provide advice to our staff.
As a result of this conversation, I created this blog post with our School Council Chair, Ms. Alicia Shea.
I began by taking another look at the results from our “Thought Exchange” survey which was sent to all parents last year, hoping for a bit more information. I started with some of the responses to the question:
What are some concerns you have about our school this year?
Within these responses there was feedback on everything from report cards to parent teacher interviews to students not having enough homework. If there was a common theme to be recognized though, it was that until now we haven’t clearly discussed home/school communication, and that it requires additional conversation, likely at future school council meetings.
When examining the question
What are some things you appreciate from our school this year?
communication also came through loud and clear. Comments such as
I am getting a lot of great communication from my son’s teacher. She sends out emails to the parents about deadlines, upcoming events and student activities. It’s nice to get so much communication between home and school.
This is our first year with the school and I think you are doing a stellar job with ongoing communications to the parents.
are just a few of the thoughts parents expressed.
With these thoughts in mind, this post is intended to serve as a follow-up to the great conversation at our recent meeting. Near the end of September, I created this blog post which touched on communication between home and school. While its focus was on HOW we communicate, I strongly encourage parents to give it a quick read and subscribe to our school remind 101 account, our Facebook page and to our email service on our webpage (each of these take only 30 seconds and are explained in the post) to keep connected with what’s happening at Woodhaven.
At Woodhaven Middle School, parents can expect staff to contact them with questions or concerns regarding the behavior of their children. We want to work together to support our kids to make good decisions and to be respectful members of our learning community and we know you do too. We also want to let you know when they are doing that!
Parents can also expect to hear from teachers when students are struggling to complete work or when they are having challenges with the content being explored. You will also hear from teachers when significant assessments are happening, and when they’ve been returned, so you can discuss your child’s progress with him/her and our staff if you’d like.
We are committed to working with you to make information available to you. What we ask is that you access the information and we truly encourage you to contact your child’s teacher(s) regularly just to check in.
If, at any time you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher directly. They are most likely the person who will be able to answer your questions, or they will work to find the answer 🙂
You can find our staff list on our website if you prefer email, or you can give us a call anytime. We will be happy to return your email, phone call or to set up a time to sit down and chat. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I am committed to following up with you in a timely fashion and to answering your questions and concerns.
We look forward to another great month working with you and your children here at Woodhaven Middle School.
Until next time,
Mr. S. Patras
Principal, Woodhaven Middle School