Dear Jefferson School Community,
Our teachers are very busy right now preparing your child’s first report card of the school year. They are carefully assessing each student so we can give you a thoughtful and accurate picture of your child’s learning and school life. At the conferences, teachers, students, parents and guardians meet to review the report card and discuss each child’s progress. Last year, we almost reached 100% parent/guardian participation at report card conferences. This year again, our goal is for 100% of our parents/guardians to come to report card conferences.
State law requires that most employers provide workers with time to attend parent/guardian conferences at school. The conferences are so important that BUSD has scheduled shortened days on November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and an entire day on November 8th when there will be no school for students. On the early release dates Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:25 and 1st-5th grade students will be dismissed at 1:15. Students who take the school bus will be picked up at the early dismissal times. JAZ and BEARS programs will begin earlier on these dates and will be closed on November 8th.
It is very important to have uninterrupted time with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s academic progress and social development. This connection, from school to home, keeps us working together to help students have the best school experience possible.
At the conferences, you will learn about your children’s strengths and challenges, both academically and socially. There will be time to discuss your questions and concerns with the teachers. To prepare for your conference, remember that the meeting is a two-way conversation. Think about what is most important for your teacher to know about your child. What motivates them to learn? What makes it difficult for them to learn? Bring questions that you may have. Most importantly, bring your children, especially if they are fourth or fifth graders. School is a partnership and students are essential members of the educational process. Your children will realize that you and their teachers are all “on the same page” about goals and expectations for the school year.
Conferences are also an important time for you to talk with the teacher about how you can be involved with the classroom this year. All of our teachers encourage your participation and support in a wide variety of ways. As our strongest partners, we need your ongoing support to make Jefferson School a great place for every child to learn. No report cards will be given out without a report card conference.
Thanks for helping us provide the best possible education for your children. Help us to reach our goal of 100% parent/guardian participation at report card conferences. Together, we will continue to support our students so every child can soar to excellence!