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Mallon, Barbara
Principal
Principal's Updates

Dear Families,

 

Fall has arrived and the Twin Creeks campus is a busy place.  Please note the following:

Oct 12: Run for Education – We have a mascot running this year – Go Tigers!

Oct 30: Halloween Parade – 9:30 am on the blacktop

 

Please remember to mark your calendar with the following important instructional notes/dates for students:

Oct 13-17:  Conference Week – Grades 1-5   Dismissal: Grades 1 and 2 – 12:10 pm

                                                                                           Grade 3 – 11:59 am

                                                                                           Grades 4 and 5 – 12:27 pm

Oct. 31:  Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

 

As conference week nears and you begin to truly define your partnership in education with your child’s teacher, I thought the following information would be important to note.

  • Get to know your child’s teacher. Tell teachers what they need to know in order to best serve and teach your child.  This includes such information as “my child gets embarrassed easily” or “has a hard time speaking in front of the class,” or “has a fear of taking tests,” or “balks at doing homework.”  By communicating this information early on, you are setting the tone for collaboration and a dialogue between home and school.

 

  • Keep teachers informed of the family stressors, which impact your child.   Any new transition….a death, a divorce, a move, a loss of a job….hugely affects children.   It helps teachers to know about these so they can watch for behavioral signs, respond with sensitivity, and make any necessary accommodations.

 

  • Be interested in the picture your teacher paints of your child.  Your child at school is often a very different being than he is at home.  Being a member of a group is a different skill set than being on a one-on-one play date or being in the safety of a family.  If you are hearing about behavior that sounds foreign to you, be curious.   Don’t assume that the teacher is clueless or to blame for the behavior.  Instead, ask yourself what the behavior may mean, and work with the teacher, not against him/her, to understand it and solve it.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support of Twin Creeks,

 

Ms. M.