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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Happy November to all of our Patwin Families! This is a busy month for everyone with the Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving holidays.  It’s also the month we have our parent survey, parent conferences and our book fair. 


Feliks’ last day at Patwin will be on Nov.9th.  I know you will help me in welcoming Xiong Vang our new custodian.  He has been working as a substitute all over the district and will be training with Feliks in the next few weeks.  Please say hello if you see him on campus.


Patwin Elementary wants to hear from you! We’re partnering with YouthTruth to hear what families have to say about their school experience. Help your school understand how to improve! Please take the Parent survey which is open until Nov. 16th.  Just click here:  http://www.ytsurvey.org/djusdfamily18


Parent conferences are 11/9-11/16 and are an important time for you to connect with your child’s teacher and learn more about how your child is doing in school.  Remember, you and the teacher are a team — working together and you both want your child to learn and do well.  We are able to provide a Spanish/Korean/Chinese translator if desired.  Please call to arrange with our office staff or ask the teacher  757-5394.


Tips for parents to make your conference more effective:

  • Prepare questions in advance.  What groups has my child been assigned to?  Is my child finishing the work assigned in class?  The most important question of all is “How can I help my child at home?”
  • Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss.  If you want to talk about your child’s progress in reading, let the teacher know.  He’ll be able to have test scores, textbooks, and other material on hand to aid your discussion.
  • Be specific.  Bring with you any work that is of concern.  Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that make your child uneasy.  Ask the teacher to describe your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  Ask to see your child’s work.
  • Exchange information.  Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as a death in the family, a new baby, or a change in daycare arrangements.
  • Take notes.  Your conference may result in several actions for both you and the teacher.  Taking notes will help you remember what was discussed and what was agreed upon.
  • Start with a positive attitude.  Don’t waste valuable conference time by focusing on the negative.  You and the teacher are a team.  Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.
  • Support yourself.  If you are not confident about your communication skills, bring someone to help.  If your understanding of English worries you, bring a friend to translate or ask the office to arrange one for you.
  • Discuss the whole child.  Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success.  Include questions about her interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.
  • Leave with a plan.  The conference should end with a clear statement of what you will do and what the teacher will do.  Schedule follow-up meetings or telephone calls to be sure the plan is working.


Gay Bourguignon, Principal