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Principal's Message from Kevin Dorken
October 5, 2018

In advance of our first round of parent/teacher conferences this school year, we wanted to share information that we hope will help make your experience a productive and positive one. We thank you in advance for making every attempt to schedule your conference during the designated conference times as shared by your child’s teacher(s). We hope you find conferences at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge to be informative and enjoyable.

Conferences are important milestones in our school year, but hopefully serve as a confirmation of information you have gathered thus far about your child’s growth and progress (e.g., from ongoing conversations with your child, your child’s teacher, classroom newsletters, student work samples, etc.).  As you look ahead to these conversations with your child’s teacher(s), we hope you find the following questions and answers helpful.

What is the main purpose of the fall conference?
These meetings are intended primarily to share our observations thus far regarding your child’s growth and progress at this early stage in the school year. The first month or so of school has established a baseline from which to work, and the conversation with you at the conference really improves our understanding of your child. If there is specific information you would like to receive or address at the conference, please let your child’s teacher know in advance.

How long will the conference be?
This will vary a little from teacher to teacher, but a typical conference will be scheduled for 20 minutes. This amount of time adequately allows for a focused discussion to occur and creates a manageable conference schedule for teachers.

How can I make the most of my conference time?
Arriving a few minutes early for your appointment helps ensure a smooth start. Coming with questions prepared in advance and taking notes to share later with your child are helpful strategies as well. Feel free to close the door for greater privacy during your conference.

Should my child attend the conference with me?
Please ask your child’s teacher about this. Typically conferences are designed to be adult conversations, however, if thoughtfully considered in advance, a child can play a meaningful role in his/her own conference. It is also completely appropriate, if a child does attend a conference, to ask him/her to step into the hallway for a portion of the meeting so adults can speak more candidly.

What should I do if I’m running late or can’t make the conference?
Please call or email your child’s teacher. He or she will follow up to reschedule.

We value this time for reflection and celebration. Conferences, combined with ongoing communication between home and school, help us to strengthen our collective effort to meet the needs of every child at Lyon and Pleasant Ridge and to work in genuine partnership with you.