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October 3, 2008


How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 3, 2008

The parent-teacher conference is an important opportunity to develop a strong partnership with your child’s teacher. Most schools schedule regular conferences, but if they don’t, you can request them. To make the most of each meeting with your child’s teacher, follow these tips from the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association:

Getting Ready

• Call or write a note to set up an appointment to discuss your concerns.

• Briefly state your reasons for the meeting so the teacher can prepare.

• Find out in advance how much time you will have. If you feel that you need more time, let the teacher know.

• Talk to your child ahead of time to find out if there is anything she would like you to discuss during the meeting. Assure her that you and her teacher are meeting to help her. Consider including your child in the meeting if you think that is appropriate.

• Make a list of questions and don’t be afraid to ask them. Give some thought to the goals you may have for your child and share them with the teacher.

The Conference

Begin the conference on a positive note. Tell the teacher what kind of progress you’ve noticed and what your child enjoys. Be sure to thank her for meeting with you.

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

• How much time should my child be spending on assigned homework each night?

• How much help should I give my child on homework?

• How are you measuring my child’s progress? Through tests? Portfolios of his work? Class participation? Projects? A combination of these?

• Does my child participate in class discussion and activities?

• Does she complete and hand in all homework assignments?

• What future projects are planned?

• Is my child getting along with the other children?

• What are the classroom rules and how do you enforce them?

Develop a Plan and Initiate It

If your child is having difficulties, either socially or academically, this is the time to find out if they are school- or home-related, what the teacher can do to help and what assistance you can provide at home.

• Make notes of the teacher’s specific suggestions for helping your child at home.

• Before you leave the meeting, agree on a specific plan to help your child.

• Set up a way to check your child’s progress. Let the teacher know how to reach you and make sure that you know how to report back to the teacher.

• Review what you have discussed and restate your action plan.

• If you do not agree with the teacher, respectfully tell her this and let her know that you will continue to explore the issue further with her.

• Discuss the plan with your child.

• Follow through at home, as you have agreed to do.

• Stay in touch with the teacher to discuss your child’s progress and, if necessary, plan a follow-up conference.

From United Parenting Publications, October 2003.

Wizard of Oz

October 3, 2008

Time: October 24, 2008 at 6pm to November 7, 2008 at 6pm
Location: Drama Centre Theatre @ The National Library
Contact Info: 6341 5960
Event Type: Theatre, Family, Entertainment
Organized By: I Theatre Ltd
Latest Activity: 14 Sep

A huge hit with children, teens adults and families for generations, now you have the unique chance to see it come to Technicolour life on stage! Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a hurricane hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

*Adult/Child: $58 (Cat 1), $48 (Cat 2), $38 (Cat 3), $28 (Cat 4)
*Family Package (4 persons): $53 (Cat 1), $43 (Cat 2), $33 (Cat 3)
*Big Family Package (5 persons): $51 (Cat 1), $41 (Cat 2), $31 (Cat 3)

*Prices are based on per person charges

Halloween Horrors

October 3, 2008

Time: October 10, 2008 at 7:30pm to October 24, 2008 at 12am
Location: Night Safari
Street: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Contact Info: 6269 3411
Event Type: Family, Entertainment
Organized By: Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

Venture into the wild and weird realm of ghouls and goblins this Halloween. Witness the invasion of creepy creatures at the Night Safari as they transform the park into a wonderland of macabre mayhem.

We dare you to take a photo at our Haunted Photo Wall or hop aboard the eerie tram ride to different parts of the Haunted Rainforest where Creatures of the Night emerge unexpectedly.

More thrills are expected as you travel through the sinister Ghostly Gallows where you get to see what happens to people who betray the conservation code. Be very afraid as vampires, ghouls and ghosts await you at every corner.

(Only on Fridays and Saturdays.)