Communication between school staff and parents
Communication between school staff and parents is of vital importance to children's education. If a parent or guardian wishes to speak with a teacher, (s)he should send a note to the teacher or call the school (between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) to leave a message. Teachers will return messages as soon as they are able. Except in emergency or extenuating circumstances, writing or leaving a message is preferable to trying to speak with teachers at arrival or dismissal time, since teachers need to be attending to students as they start or end the school day. If there is information of which a teacher should be aware (e.g. change in dismissal routine, an event or crisis at home that may be impacting a child), parents are encouraged to send in a note about the situation. Unless a teacher has specifically indicated otherwise, parents should not call him/her at home.
Many notices are sent home from the school with students. These include
- information from classroom teachers,
- principal's newsletters,
- forms from Winn Brook office or from the school department,
- information about events sponsored by P.T.A. or community organizations.
While we try to have Wednesdays be the major "notice-home-day", there may be notices on other days as well. It is ESSENTIAL that parents/guardians check backpacks and school bags daily for notices. If a form or notice requires a response, please do so immediately. In instances where students' time is split between two different households, it is useful for the adults to work out a system for sharing information that comes home with a child so that they can both be kept informed.
Reporting Student Progress
A student’s progress is reported to parents/guardians through written reports and scheduled conferences. In January and June, a written report is provided. In November and March a scheduled conference will take place to discuss student progress. In addition, teachers provide informal feedback to students and to parents/guardians on a regular basis. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school when concerns or questions arise.
For more information about school and district policies read Winn Brook School Parent Handbook