Tips for getting organized

Hello Navigator Nation! I will be sharing some tips on how to make the most out of your conference and other tips to make November a great month. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Conference Time

To make the most of your conference time you need to prepare. Plan to:

  • Touch base with your child.  What does your child like about school? Are they struggling in any areas? Ask if there is anything they like you to talk to the teacher about.
  • Take notes. Write down the most important things you would like to discuss with the teacher. Plan to mention them first. Be sure to include any big changes in your child’s life.
  • Be positive. Start the meeting with a compliment, such as “Jaime loves the word games you play in class”!  Then focus on sharing information, working as a team and finding solutions.
  • Wrap things up. Make a plan and decide how to keep in touch. “So you’ll explain division to Jaime one-to-one and send home detailed instructions. Then I’ll supervise during homework time. We’ll email in two weeks and see how things are going.”
  • Talk with your child again. Let them know the plan to help them be successful.

Tools for learning

  • Enough sleep. Doctors say children need between the ages of seven and 12 need 10 to 12 hours of sleep per day.
  • A healthy breakfast. Many studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in class and earn better grades and test scores.
  • High expectations. When you believe your child can do their best, they will.

Help your child get organized

  • Use a system.  Each day after school, look through your book bag and folders. What assignments do they have today? What papers should you read, sign or return?
  • File papers at home. Some papers must be saved, such as calendars and fliers about upcoming events. Keep a folder at home for school-related paperwork. Look through it and clean it out-at least weekly.
  • Post it. Keep items you use daily on the fridge.
  • Keep a calendar.  Record test days, field trips and performance times. Each day, add new dates and check for upcoming events. Encourage your child to review the calendar with you.
  • Check online.  Some important school messages come via email. Also check the school website regularly. You may catch details that didn’t make it home-and even find missing forms, ready to print and return on time.

This message is from Candice Norwood, our school social worker, who periodically writes messages she hopes you find helpful for you and your child.