September 14th, 2017
Dear Colfax Families,
Thank you to all of you who attended Back to School Night. We had a great turn out! We received positive feedback about how this event was organized and the general feel of the night. If you have any additional feedback, please let us know. Thank you also, to those of you who brought a dessert to share to the BBQ! It made this event that much sweeter.
Additionally, I want to thank those of you who came to share how much your child(ren) is/are enjoying the start of the school year. Furthermore, it was great hearing that the school atmosphere is feeling welcoming and positive to you. Building community and partnerships with families is essential to ensuring academic and social emotional success for each child! We always want to hear from you whenever you have concerns, suggestions or positive feedback to share. The following are common questions parents ask on how to communicate with the school: (information from DPS website: Family and Community Engagement http://face.dpsk12.org/resources/have-a-concern/)
Who should I contact first?Always speak with the classroom teacher first to address concerns about your child. Additionally, please talk directly with the teacher with any concerns you may have about them. If you are unable to resolve the issue, contact the school principals. Jackie Bretl, assistant principal and I can be contacted in the following ways:
- Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 720-424-8742 (Ms. Sandra) and 720-424-8749 (Ms. Jackie)
- Schedule a meeting through the school secretaries, Nadine and Angelica at 720-424-8740
How should I prepare for my meeting?
Bring notes on what you would like to discuss. Please ask for clarification on the rules and policies of the school when applicable.
How do we reach an agreement that works for everyone?Propose solutions, and be open to other ideas. When a solution is reached, make sure everyone understands what they should do next. Practice active listening.
What is active listening?
Rephrase what you hear to make sure you understand. One example is to say, “It sounds like what you’re saying is…” By rephrasing what was said, we decrease the chance of a misunderstanding.
What if the teacher or principal are unable to help?
Our goal is to always work to resolve issues at the school level. If we cannot come to an agreement, please contact the Family and Community Helpline at (720) 423-3054. They will support by facilitating communication and further meetings to reach an agreement.
Please know that we are all here to do what is best for every child. We want to collaborate closely with you to ensure this. I hope this information is helpful to support in resolving any conflicts that may arise.