“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps is a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” ~ Greg Reid

I can hardly believe that March 17th will mark the end of our second term of the year. As we transition from an old term into a new one we will be sending home our termly Report Cards and scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC).  Report Cards will be issued on Friday, March 24th and Parent Teacher Conferences will be hosted at the school on Friday, March 31st.

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher, therefore, we have something very profound in common: we both want your child to learn and do well. At Windsor we believe that when parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs; and potentially learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–Teacher Conferences are a great, intentional opportunity to support this important communication.

The Harvard Family Research Project suggests that parents do the following before attending a PTC:

  • Review your child’s work, grades, and progress reports.
  • Review the feedback your child has received throughout the term (in the form of grades and report cards) with your child.
  • Talk with your child about his or her progress in school.
  • Talk with others—family members, after-school activity staff, mentors, etc. — about your child’s strengths and needs.
  • Make a list of questions to ask during the conference.
  • Think about ways you would like to be involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.

They also suggest a list of things you can talk to your child’s teacher about to help ensure the meeting is fruitful:

  • Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?
  • Assignments and assessments. Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher shares grades and other feedback.
  • Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.
  • Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn. Ask if the teacher knows of other programs or services in the community that could also help your child.
  • Support learning at school. Find out what services are available at the school to help your child. Ask how the teacher both challenges your child and supports your child when he or she needs it.

In terms of understanding grades and feedback on your child’s Report Card, it is important that we look beyond the letter grade to the underlying meaning.

As parents, it can sometimes be difficult to look past the letter grade and what we think it means about our child’s success, to the deeper meaning of what the letters are intended to communicate. Letter grades are merely a tool used to communicate a learner’s mastery of, or express the need to further understand about a set of given learning objectives. Objectives are taught throughout the year with the expectation that learners experience growth over time; from introduction to a skill, knowledge, or behaviour to mastering a skill, knowledge, or behaviour and applying it to new settings.

Community Service Opportunities

March

Harvesting

What: Learners can volunteer any Saturday to harvest and clean greens
Organization: Hands for Hunger along with Field to Fork
Where: Field to Fork grounds south east of Windsor’s campus
Time: 8-11a.m.

April

Harvesting

What: Learners can volunteer any Saturday to harvest and clean greens
Organization: Hands for Hunger along with Field to Fork
Where: Field to Fork grounds south east of Windsor’s campus
Time: 8-11a.m.

Easter Food Drive

Learners to bring in can goods to re-stock pantry of Hands for Hunger, WPS will be a collection point, Eco-Schools members will be looking for volunteers to coordinate and collect.

Smoking Hot BBQ Competition

What: Learners can volunteer Saturday and/or Sunday evening to set-up, breakdown, and collect remaining food to be delivered to those in need.
Date: April 1st and 2nd
Where: Bahamas National Trust, Village Rd.
Time: TBA

Wrapping Coins

Date: April 18th-21st
Where: Hands for Hunger office, Blake Rd.
Time: 8:30- 2:30 a.m.