Parent Conferences October 8th-11th

Dear Echo Lake Parents,

Parent support is a key factor of successful student learning. Attending parent conferences is one way to demonstrate the importance of school and your concern about your child’s learning. Conferences are an excellent opportunity for you to talk with your child’s teacher about their progress and work together to create goals that help guide their learning for the year.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or still need to sign-up for a conference time.

Have a wonderful October,

Mr. Lohman

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

The purpose of parent/teacher conferences is to discuss how to help students do their best in schoolEvery child learns differently and a conference gives you the opportunity to share what you know about your child with the teacherNo one knows more about your child and no one has as much influence as you do. Your conference is a foundation for building a wonderful partnership between school and home.

1. Steps to take before the conference.
Make sure you have scheduled a time.
Ask your child how class is going.
Write down your questions/concerns as well as your childs.

2. Start the conference right.
Be on time.
Bring along questions.
Take a notepad and a pen.

3. How to make the most of your conference.
Establish rapport with the teacher.
Size up the social sceneAsk about the teachers view of your childs friendships.
Give the teacher relevant information about your childs home life and out-of-school interests.

4. Leave with an action plan.
Does the teacher have your e-mail or is phoning a better way to stay in contact?
Review any decisions that have been made and clarify who will be doing what.

5. What to do after the conference.
Pass on praise to your child yours and the teachers.
Follow up with your child on any concerns she/he expressedExplain the action plan and who will be responsible for whatGet started on the plan.
Contact the teacher in a few weeks to follow up on anything that was discussed in the conference and was part of the action plan.

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!

Welcome Back Echo Lake Students and Families!

We are excited to see our hallways and classrooms filled once again. It has been an exciting summer around Echo Lake. Almost 400 students visited us during our Open Library dates. Thank you to Mrs. Cruz for organizing this fantastic opportunity and for all the families that participated. Doesn’t the front of the school look great? That’s because our maintenance staff did a fantastic job touching up our parking paint. In addition, through a community partnership with Shoreline Covenant Church, we have all new bark resting under our beautiful trees. Thank you to Shoreline Covenant for supplying us with the people needed to make this happen.

Our annual Meet the Teacher, Open House, PTA BBQ is tomorrow, September 2nd from 3:00-4:00. The PTA BBQ will run from 3:30-5:00. This is a wonderful opportunity to stop by and meet your child’s new teacher, reconnect with friends, drop off school supplies for the year, and enjoy a little BBQ. The PTA will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips and drinks. Please bring something to share – desserts, salads, etc. 

New this year, our library will also be hosting a Back to School Book Fair! The book fair will be held in the Reference Room. This is a great opportunity to pick up a fun new book to kick off the school year. All proceeds from the sales go to support our library programs. The Book Fair will be open during our Open House and all week.
Tuesday, Sept 2        3-6pm
Wed., Sept. 3            8:30am-4pm
Thurs., Sept 4            8:30am-4pm
Fri., Sept. 5                8:30am-4pm

School starts Wednesday, September 3rd. If you get the chance, we are hosting a Welcome Coffee in the library at 9:10 Wednesday and Thursday. This is a another opportunity to meet families or get to know our PTA. For those students riding the bus, please make sure to be at your stop a few minutes early. Parents, be prepared for some flexibility as we are starting the year with several new bus drivers, routes, and bus colors. We will have staff at the school to assist your child in finding their classrooms and ensure they are on the appropriate bus for the ride home. For those parents who are driving, please do not pull into our bus loading/unloading zone to drop students off. This is very dangerous and is not an area where our patrols and crossing guards are watching. If you plan to park and walk your student to their class, please make sure to be respectful of our neighbor’s driveways and private property.

We can’t wait for the school year to start!

See you all soon,
Mr. Lohman