Partnership with Parents

In the Beginning School parents and teachers work together as a team to support our Beehivers. We invite parents to stay informed and connected in the following ways.

  • Read communication from the school. Teachers send regular classroom updates to parents. The Beginning School Buzz newsletter is published weekly.
  • Sign up to join us in the classroom. There is no better way to understand your child's school experience!
  • Help out with tasks. There are events to put on, regular classroom needs, expert speakers, and such needed throughout the year. Let us know how you would like to be involved.
  • Talk to your child's teacher. Quick check-ins can be done in person at the beginning or end of the school day, on the phone, or by email. Arrange for an appointment when more time is needed. In the spirit of healthy communication, we ask parents to speak directly to their child's teachers before taking questions or concerns to the division head.
  • Join us for parent coffees with Beginning School head Dawn Isaacs, and counselor Stephen Grant, to talk about the joys and challenges of raising children.
  • Participate in regular Parent Faculty Association meetings. Parent volunteers are vital in building long-term cross-family relationships and supporting classroom and schoolwide events.
  • Attend the Back-to-School Night at the start of the school year for curricular overviews and a peek at the year ahead.
  • Come to Friday Sing on Friday mornings and sing along as part of a music community.
  • Enjoy student performances starring your child! The Preschool Circus and kindergarten seasonal parades, curriculum days, and Kindergarten Olympics are a few of the special times when you can see your child shine.
  • Participate in the parent-teacher conferences held three times each year:
    • September kindergarten conferences: We believe that as parents, you know your child best. We want to get to know you and your child. Parents do most of the sharing during this conference and teachers mostly listen.
    • November: The teacher does most of the sharing about your child in this conference.
    • March: This conference is an update on your child's progress since fall.mother reading to kids
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