From the Principal
It’s that time of year. The leaves are falling, there is a chill in the air and daylight is becoming shorter and shorter. Fall is in full swing. It is hard to believe that this edition of our School’s Newsletter marks the close of the first quarter. As I walk through the halls and visit classrooms, I am impressed by the teaching and learning that is taking place. In this edition, please find important information about parent/teacher conferences, safety protocols, school hours, and winter preparation.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
The relationship between parents and teachers is vital to student’s learning. At parent-teacher conferences coming up Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th, you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one.
Conferences are a time when important people in your child’s life can talk about how they are doing in school. It’s a chance for you to ask questions about the class or your child’s progress. It is also a time for you and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways you both can help your son or daughter.
Here are eight questions you might ask your child’s teacher:
- What will you cover in this grade or subject this year?
- What are your expectations for homework?
- Has my child missed any assignments?
- How are my child's work habits?
- Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?
- Is my child able to do the math you would expect for this grade?
- Is my child in different groups for different subjects?
- Does my child get along well with other students?
“You gain the perspective of a trained professional who spends an enormous amount of time with your child”, says Grace Marie Rozea, New York State region director for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family involvement and one of the best ways to ensure that your child’s school experience is successful. Together, with your child’s teacher, you can help your child have a great school year.
SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
I want to take a few moments to explain the practices and protocols we have in place to keep everyone safe and prepared. We conduct three safety drills: an evacuation drill, an earthquake drill, and either a lockdown or stay-put drill.
- An evacuation drill (once a month) – an alarm is sounded and students, staff and visitors evacuated the building and meet in a central location. We have a main route and a secondary route. We inform the fire department and the alarm security company of this and the office staff check the building. Teachers take their emergency backpack filled with supplies along with a class roster with them for these drills. There are procedures in place for locating students who may not be with their homeroom class when the evacuation takes place (i.e. visiting the nurse or in the restroom).
- An earthquake drill (once a semester) - for this drill and announcement is made in which students and staff duck, cover, and hold either under tables or against walls. In the event of a real earthquake, students and staff will know what to do. Again, the office staff check the classrooms.
- A lockdown/ALICE or a stay-put drill (once a semester) – these drills alternate. Again, for this drill, an announcement is made. For both these drills, the classroom doors and the exterior doors are locked. The stay put indicates a concern in the community, but not in the building. Learning continues in the classroom, but hallway passing is limited and only under an adult escort. The lockdown indicates a building security concern. The children, along with the teacher, locate themselves out of sight of all windows and doors. For both these drills, the front office staff check the building and all rooms.
Part of our drill practice is to do an ALICE evacuation to our alternate location. This will be done on October 10 at 1:30pm. During this drill, everyone will evacuate the building and walk to our nearby rally point which is the parking lot of the Church of Latter-Day Saints on Driftwood Bay Drive. An email notification was sent on Wednesday, October 3rd with more details.
In the event of a catastrophic disaster, we have an emergency plan in place. The plan is updated each August and staff is trained. We hold a monthly safety committee meeting and welcome parent input.
Practice develops automaticity. This is why we practice these safety drills on a continual basis.
The alpenglow front office is open from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The school day begins at 9:00 am for all students. Please do not drop students off or have students walk to school prior to 8:40 am, as there is no adult supervision prior to that time. All students are dismissed at 3:30 pm. If walking home, remind your child to go directly home to check in with you. The playground is closed until 4:00 pm. Children must be picked up no later than 3:45 pm.
The weather is getting cooler and it is time to start our preparation for winter’s arrival. As you begin to winterize your home, car and garden to handle the winter weather, don’t forget to dig out those winter clothes for your child to wear on their way to and from school, during recess, and on field trips.