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A message from our new principal Mr. Brian Berg:

Hello MPA Families, October is one of my favorite months of the year! October brings colored leaves to the trees, change in the weather, baseball playoffs (Go Twins!) and Parent/Teacher Conferences. By this time of the school year the teachers have learned many things about your son/daughter. This is a perfect time to connect and share and plan your child's academic and emotional goals, together. One thing I have noticed about Montessori teachers is how they observe the classroom and the habits of students.

At your conference you can expect to learn about your child’s:
● Recent academic progress
● Behavioral development
● Social interactions in the classroom
● Strengths and challenges within the learning environment.

Parents, you bring incredibly valuable information to the conference by:
● Explaining your child’s attitude towards learning and school
● What may be currently impacting your child’s learning and emotional growth
● Describing your child’s strengths and weakness
● Providing more information about your child’s special interests and joys in life.

Remember at this time of year, the conference is a replacement of the traditional academic report card. Being prepared as a parent will help facilitate a smooth and informative conference. Reports will be going home at the end of each semester, which means early January and early June. Frequent and open communication is a wonderful way to learn about your child’s school day and develop a stronger relationship with your child’s teacher and being an advocate in their life development.

Keep in mind, the school academic calendar says Parent/Teacher conferences are on October 10th (half day) and full day on October 11th. This schedule does not always fit with families’ schedules or parents’ work schedules. Most teachers accommodate this need by scheduling conferences over the next two weeks and creating flexible schedules to meet the needs of parents in order to give time for a quality conference. . The days are long, but the reward is invaluable. Happy Conferencing!

Peace and Progress, 


Mr. Brian
  

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