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Principal’s Message

Date: March 18, 2012 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA Community.

I’d like to clear up some questions I’ve heard from some of you regarding best ways to communicate with your children’s teachers here at BA.

If you need a face-to-face meeting, please plan ahead and make an appointment. I know it’s tempting to have a conversation with your child’s teacher while dropping off or picking up. Unfortunately, this just doesn’t work for teachers, especially if you need them to listen, reflect, and respond. Please realize that teachers opening their doors for class to begin are already juggling a number of concerns, and need to focus on what matters most at that moment: their students. A parent/teacher conversation of even a few minutes at the door really does impact morning routines that are critical to starting the day off well.

In an effort to relieve undue stress and anxiety, I’ve asked teachers not to check email and voicemail during the day. From 8:20 until dismissal teachers are attending to their students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. Many of you volunteer here at school and understand how intense and demanding that work can be! Worrying about whether or not a parent has left an email message or voicemail, let alone trying to find time to check and respond, just takes them away from their primary purpose as teachers.

Teachers check their email and voicemail before school and after school. If you send an email or leave a message on voicemail after school has begun, please expect your reply to come after the children have left for the day, and after any meetings teachers already have scheduled.

What about urgent messages? If you have an urgent message that a teacher must receive during the day, please call the office and speak with our wonderful school secretary Cathy Eitel. She will be sure your child’s teacher receives any urgent messages in a timely fashion.

Just to be clear, parents need to arrange play dates and special plans at home on their own, and communicate them clearly to all parties in advance of the school day. Please do not add to Cathy’s workload, or interrupt classroom teachers by asking them to notify children of changes while they are here at school, unless there is a real emergency.

As always, thank you for your support!

Best,
John Triska