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Welcome to academic year 2018 – 2019
Dear JK to Grade 6 Parents,
Kindly note that Elementary students’ report cards will be sent home today with your son/daughter. Our First Term Triad Conference day is on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
You are invited to come to school with your child to take part in a Triad Conference with his/her respective teacher. The duration of each individual meeting is 15 minutes. Please note that there is limited availability so parents are encouraged to sign up early.
Kindly find below a direct link to the online signup form to secure your requested conference time with your child’s respective teacher. It is very important to note that once you have signed-up for a time slot, it cannot be changed. Therefore, kindly ensure that you have selected the appropriate time slot for your meeting. Also note times need to be scheduled for each student if you have more than one child with the same teacher.
The online signup will remain open until 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Accordingly, we encourage parents to complete the signup before that date/time. Students are expected to be with their parents/guardian for their conference.
If you require assistance for booking an appointment, please contact Ms. Marwa Mohsen (Executive Secretary to the Elementary Vice Principal) at phone 02 38253688/9 ext. 1701. The links are also available on the Elementary e-corner on the school’s website as well as on Heritage Post application.
Important Message From Heritage Principals:
Time is of the essence.
Are your kids ever late to school? Do they think that missing a day here and there has no relevance whatsoever on their studies? Well, think again.
The following chart is a clear-as-crystal proof that when it comes to education, the “time is of the essence” adage rings especially true.
Parents, it is of utmost importance that your children arrive to school between 8 and 8:15 am, in time for school assembly at 8:20 and for class at 8:30. Do understand that 8:30 is not the target hour. 8 o’clock should be your aim as proper arrival time at school, so they can be mentally ready and prepared for the day ahead.
Not only does lateness create disruption in the class when a late student enters, but it is detrimental to their own learning, and consequently to a certain extent their marks and grades.
For example, if a student comes to school late 10 minutes every day, that amounts to 50 minutes a week, which is nearly a week and a half of class time missed. Over 13 years of schooling, that’s nearly a year and a half of absence! Some are of the mind that nothing much happens at the start of the day. Not true! The first 10 minutes of a class sets the tone for what’s ahead, as lessons naturally begin right away.
So please, parents, make sure that your children are in compliance with this most important and crucial aspect of their education. Punctuality is of the essence.
At your service always,
The Heritage International School Principals
A Note From The Vice Principal:
First, ask your children what they learned in class that day. They may often say “nothing,” but only because your question is not specific enough. Ask more direct questions, such as, “What did you study in Math today? Science? English? Give me an example of something you learned that you can use in life.” Those should generally get the conversation going. You may get an unfavourable reaction at first, but generally children realize the advantages of this type of exchange.
Next, pick a certain time of day that is dedicated to talking about school and doing homework. This helps kids to have a routine. Attempt to keep the school and homework time as consistent as possible. Make sure to check the homework to ensure that it is, indeed, finished!
Needless to say that reading to your child has great benefits, but learning with them makes what goes on at school even more enjoyable. While they are completing their homework, it would be rewarding on many levels to engage in an academic activity yourself. Take a few minutes to read a book or write in your journal in order for them to see that learning is a life-long activity.
Fourth, use real life examples to relate to material that your child is learning in school. This helps your child transfer what they learn in school to the “real world” outside, and it shows them that there is a greater purpose than memorizing and forgetting new information after the test is completed. Use examples from math when you go to the grocery store, science when completing chores around the house, and work history into your discussions whenever possible.
Fifth, meet your child’s teachers and check in with them whenever you can. You can use your child’s school agenda for a quick note, or use their school email address. You should also try not to miss triads (first one this year is November 30th). Finally, check either edmodo pages or the e-corner, which are updated on a regular basis.
Sixth, praise your child for reading and other learning endeavours whenever possible. Remember that you have less influence over what your child does as they mature, and keep this praise in focus often when they are young.
Ensuring that education begins at home increases the likelihood that it will generalize to the school setting and beyond. Good luck in all your endeavors to make your child a life-long learner.
Mr. Sylvain Naud