In last week’s blog post, I outlined the methods Lalor PS employs when communicating to families. In this post, I will outline the ways in which you can talk to us.
‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions will be held on Monday, March 20 2017. Parents will have the opportunity to book in a short session time on this day to meet with their child’s teacher. The time will be used to discuss and share any information or concerns you feel may be important. It is an opportunity for you to develop a positive partnership with the classroom teacher and is not a reporting session.
In term Two we will conduct three-way conferences in which student, parent and teacher will have the chance to provide input into the student’s successes and areas for improvement.
There are times in which parents will be seeking a more informal meeting with teachers and we ask that these be approached in one of the following ways;
In your message, you can request that the teacher call you either for a brief chat or to arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet. These methods for contact are preferable to the spontaneous approach of teachers before or after school.
Rae Parrish and our welfare officer, Ian Findlay are available for any welfare issues you may want to discuss. Ian is available on Tuesday and Thursday each week.
Escalation of issues
I am generally available at the office for any enquiries, issues or questions you may have. Please feel free to call the office to make an appointment with me or simply come and see me during the day.
We look forward to touching base with all of our Lalor PS families over the coming months.
Have a wonderful week.
Communication involves both the sending and receiving of information. At Lalor Primary School, we pride ourselves on ensuring information is sent to parents via a variety of mediums, each one designed for a specific purpose. Of course, this is only a good strategy if our parents understand how to best receive what we are sending!
With this in mind, this post is all about how we communicate. Let’s start with an overview of the mediums employed by Lalor PS.
Ideally, all parents will be connected to Tiqbiz. All reminders, notifications, urgent happenings etc. will be communicated via this medium.
Permission slips, forms to return etc. and occasionally a reiteration of important Tiqbiz notifications.
Showcase of what the students have been doing at school as well as a reiteration of important Tiqbiz notifications. Events calendar.
Housing of general information; class structures, policies etc. Events calendar.
General information for all parents including term dates and curriculum days.
Weekly blog, covering a range of topical issues which is housed on our website.
Highlights the great things happening at Lalor Primary School.
Tiqbiz can be used on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the app or access Tiqbiz on the internet via tiqbiz.com
If you are using the app, you can also send absent notes to your child’s teacher via the ‘absent’ button.
If a note is sent home, it generally signifies important information or a permission slip/form which needs to be returned. A regular check of bags is a good idea, however we also encourage the notion of the responsibility being placed on the children. Get them into a habit of emptying their bag every afternoon and agree on a regular spot in the bag where the notes are to be stored. This is a method I found to be particularly effective with my own children.
If a note needs to be returned to school, perhaps show your child where the note is in their bag or even better, have them place it in the bag themselves. Responsibility is a key cultural attribute at Lalor Primary School and this is a fabulous way to reinforce this in their daily routine.
Newsletters are issued fortnightly via tiqbiz and e-mail and are also stored on our website for future reference.
Our website houses general information and is designed as a reference centre for current and future parents. For current parents, the “Events” column on the homepage is a handy way to see what is coming up for the school community.
The ability to select different languages through google translator is found at the top of every page of our website.
A link to the Parent Handbook can be found on our homepage under the heading, “Polices and Parent Handbook”. The handbook is updated yearly and contains general information for parents including term dates and curriculum days.
This blog will be published weekly and will cover a range of topical issues. A link to each new blog post will be published on our Facebook page and also published to our website.
Our Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/lalorps and is where we highlight the great things happening at school. Important notifications for parents and carers will not appear on our Facebook page.
If at any time you need assistance with any of these forms of communication please come and see us in the office and we will be happy to help you get connected.
This wraps up the overview of how we communicate with you, but you might be wondering how you talk to us? Stay tuned as this will be the subject of next week’s post.
Have a wonderful week.
It was great to see the smiling faces of our school community back at Lalor Primary School this week. I think we are all excited about the new colour scheme which has been introduced to the exterior of the school and the grade 5/6 staff and students will have been pleased to note the air-conditioning which has been added to their area.
Over the term 1 holidays, the asphalted area will be covered with a synthetic surface, which will include markings for a basketball & netball court, bat tennis courts, volleyball court and a variety of other fun games. This new area will be a bright new addition to the school and will be ready for the students to enjoy in term 2.
Start Up Program
For the first two weeks of term 1, all students will be involved with our “Start Up” program where the staff and students collaborate to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. Class rules are developed and cybersmart safety habits and class routines are also established.
For the teaching staff we will have our maths consultant Michael Ymer visiting classrooms on February 15 & 16 to model lessons and give feedback to our staff.
Communication between school and home is vital. Please ensure you are connected to Tiqbiz, our website, our fortnightly newsletter and occasionally my blog to stay informed. We also have a Facebook page which regularly highlights the great things happening at Lalor Primary School.
If at any time you need assistance with any of these forms of communication please come and see us in the office and we will be happy to help you.
Program of Inquiry - Community
This term, our inquiry learning will explore the concept of Community.
Prep will learn about different communities to which people belong and why people live, work and play in communities. They will consider how they can be a good friend to sustain their classroom community.
Grade 1/2 will learn about the services in their community. They will consider sustainable practices as they design and construct model buildings for their precinct in their community.
Grade 3/4 will learn about the lives of the first Australians before European settlers arrived in Australia and the causes and reasons for the journey of the first fleet. Students will be thinking and acting as historians as they are immersed in stories of first contact between indigenous Australians and European Settlers.
Grade 5/6, through investigations of our democratic system and principles, will consider where democracy exists in their lives. They will examine contemporary issues through the lens of democracy and consider the strengths and challenges we face as a national community.
Thank you for reading my first blog post! Please feel free to post a comment or question and I will be sure to respond.