Communications

The partnership between home and school depends upon consistent and clear communication. Each classroom is equipped with a telephone and Internet access. The School Newsletter, Principal coffees, voice-mail, e-mail, weekly packets, and formal and informal conferences are among the methods used to ensure effective communication between parents, teachers and staff.

In addition to scheduling an appointment, parents can communicate with teachers and the office staff through e-mail, voice-mail, telephone, fax, or regular mail.

The weekly newsletter, "Qué , is a "must read" in order for you to be informed of family activities, after school events, and important school information. It is distributed to all the parents via e-mail. It includes the principal's message, updates about the community, calendar information, community resources, and miscellaneous attachments. 

Need to submit an article for the Newsletter? All articles need to be approved by the principal or school secretary. Per district policy, the originator must translate stand-alone flyers. The newsletter translator will handle short articles. Outside agencies must have flyers pre-approved at the MVWSD central office. Contact office staff for the number of flyers needed and duplication procedures.

Calendar of Events

The weekly newsletter, "Qué", has coming events for the next 2-4 weeks.  To view all of the scheduled events for the year, go to the website or there are copies in the office.

Contacting Students

Class interruptions are discouraged. Except for emergencies, students should not be contacted during class time. Messages and forgotten items like lunches, homework and musical instruments, may be left in the office for students to pick up during breaks. Please mark them clearly with name and room number. Plans for after-school transportation and activities should be made before school.

Cell Phones

Student cell phones are permitted for safety purposes. They must be kept in backpacks, preferably in an area that is not easily accessible. They should not be on during school hours.

Contacting Teachers

Check with the teacher at the beginning of the school year regarding the best way to contact him or her. All teachers have school email, with the address as first initial, last name followed by mvwsd.org. Please see the staff directory.

Teachers should not be contacted during class time or before class time.  Emergencies should come through the office staff, who can communicate directly to teachers. Messages may be left for them via voicemail or e-mail.

In order to respect teaching and learning times, teachers do not take phone calls during the school day. The worst time to have a conference is immediately before school.  Please do not try to discuss an issue with teachers as the students are entering the classroom.  The teacher is directing their attention to the critical start of the day and is responsible for the students at that time after the bell rings.  Each teacher will discuss the best ways to communicate at Back to School Night.

Thursday Minimum Day Teacher Availability

Thursday afternoons are dedicated to teacher collaboration time. All teachers in the district meet for a minimum of 45 minutes to plan together as a grade level team. Thursdays are not a good time for parent conferences since most teachers spend the entire afternoon meeting and then preparing for upcoming lessons. Contact your teacher for the best time for a meeting.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Twenty to thirty minute conferences are scheduled during the afternoons before the end of the first trimester to review each child’s progress with his or her parents. Conference days are minimum days. The teacher or parents throughout the year, as needed, may request additional meetings.

Concerns

Most concerns regarding teachers can be resolved by discussing problems directly with the teacher involved. If concerns are not addressed after discussions with teachers, parents should contact the principal for assistance.

Classroom Observations

A parent who wants to observe his or her child’s classroom must make an appointment with the teacher or school secretary prior to the visit. Maintaining good communication throughout the year and discussing the purpose of the visit are important. A teacher may request that a parent observe the student if there are concerns.