Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We Are LISTENING!

Listening Conference - Pine Glen Room 101
A listening conference gives you, the parent an opportunity to connect with and tell us about your child. Our role will be to listen and learn more about your child and home-life. The conferences are an optional opportunity, can be held in person or on the phone, and are intended to be brief (approx. 10 - 15 min).
Available conference times are listed below.  Please select 2 or 3 times that you would like to meet and email Mrs. Parnell (parnell@bpsk12.org).


To assist you in the preparing your thoughts, please complete and bring the enclosed form along to our meeting. The questions are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent. Thank you for sharing your son/daughter with us!


Listening Conference Time Slots:


                    August 29  - 7:30 a.m.- TAKEN
                    August 30  - 3:00 p.m.
         August 31 - 7:30 a.m.
                    August 31- 2:00 p.m.
                    August 31 - 2:15 p.m.
                    August 31 - 2:30 p.m.
                    September 5- 8:45 a.m.
                    September 5- 9:00 a.m.
                    September 5- 12:00 p.m.- TAKEN
                    September 5- 2:00 p.m.- TAKEN
                    September 5 - 2:15 p.m - TAKEN
                    September 6 - 7:45 a.m.
                    September 6 - 8:00 a.m.
                    
                     September 6 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 7 - 2:00 p.m.
          September 7 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 8 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 8 - 8:00 a.m.
                     September 12 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 12 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 13 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 14 - 2:00 p.m.
                     September 14 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 15 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18- 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18 - 2:00 p.m.


Please email Mrs. Parnell if there is not a time that works for you and we will try to coordinate a better option.


NOTE:  If you elect not to participate in a listening conference, please take a few minutes to complete the form and return to us at Orientation on September 7.


Listening Conference Guiding Questions
The questions below are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent.
Your child’s name _____________________________________________________
Parent(s) name _______________________________________________________
Conference date and time _______________________________________________
1. Tell me about your child? (No one knows your child better!). ______________________________________________________________________________
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2.  What motivates your him/her?  ______________________________________________________________________________
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3.  What are your child’s likes and dislikes?
______________________________________________________________________________
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4.  What are your child’s strengths and weaknesses?
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5.  Tell us about your family. What special family traditions do you celebrate and what traditions do you have?  (Example - Our family celebrates Hanukkah, or We are from Ireland and like to recognize St. Patrick’s Day)
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Please see reverse side
Listening Conference Guiding Questions Continued
6.  Do your family members speak another language in your home regularly?  If so, what language do you speak? Is your child’s primary English or other?
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7.  Was your child born in another country?  If so, where? ________________________________


8. Anything going on at home that we should be aware of? (Situations like illness, divorce or a new baby may affect your child's school experience, so please inform us if anything that is not your family normal is happening).
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9.  Does your child participate in extra curricula activities? (sports, clubs, play groups, etc?)
______________________________________________________________________________
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10.  What, if any, were your child’s experiences with school prior to kindergarten?


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11.  Do you feel you have the resources you need to be well informed about happenings at Pine Glen and our classroom?  If not, what can we do to assist with our parent/community connection?


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12. Is there anything else/special you would like us to know about your child (tell us about any strengths, concerns, life experiences you would like us to know about)?


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Examples of things you might want to share with us:
  • Does your child visit the public library regularly?
    -     What titles/authors does your child particularly enjoy?
    -     Does your child use an iPad/tablet/gaming system- what apps/games do they like to play?


Addition Information to Help Us Get To Know Your Child


At the beginning of our school year we participate in a number of activities to help us get to know one another.  Some of our students may be a little timid or confused when it comes to communicating. Please help us with this by providing answers to some questions in advance……..just in case.


How many people live in your house.


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Who lives in your house?


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If your child has siblings at Pine Glen, what room are they in?


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Do you have any pets? _____________


If so, what kind and what are the names of your pets?


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