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Reflections on Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear RPRY Community,

This past week we had parent-teacher conferences.

Thank you to our faculty for the long hours you put in to both preparing for conferences and to meeting with parents. Thank you to all of the parents who came to conferences to hear about how your children are doing, to discuss any concerns you might have, and most importantly, to work with the teachers in the best interests of your children.

By collaborating, we can coordinate our efforts to support every student’s success. Conferences are an important opportunity for this collaboration. It is not easy. For many teachers, meeting the parents can be stressful. For many parents, discussing their child’s academic progress, social behavior, etc. can be fretful as well. And for administrators, we hope that conferences will go smoothly and that teachers and parents will have positive, productive conversations (and we stress about being on time to make announcements every 5/10 minutes!). Again, thank you to everyone for working to ensure the success of our Fall conferences.

Conferences are really just a single waypoint in the relationship between school and home. Ensuring that this relationship is constructive and its dynamic beneficial takes effort on both sides. The most important factor is direct and honest communication. As a school, we want to continue to improve in this area and to proactively reach out to parents both as issues arise and if there are no specific issues. We also want to hear from you. If there are concerns or problems, let’s talk about them. And if you’re happy about something, we’ll take that call too!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Loew
Head of School