No news is never good news, in our experience. As educators, school administrators, program directors - whatever it may be - if we are working with your child, we don't want you to have to worry or wonder. We want you to feel calm, in the know, and supported. This means consistent communication - with you, with your child, with our teachers, and with each other. The more you know means the more you understand and the more you feel connected to your child's education and care. And really, isn't that what we're all striving for? To know what your child is doing in math class and how you can help them along? To know why your child sat next to the teacher today? To know why your child is all a sudden referencing random ancient egyptian facts? Or, perhaps, to know what the bake sale money is going to fund or why you need to send in a cheque for programs or fees?
Unfortunately, the larger the school, the more work it takes to ensure communication such as this remains consistent. In a small school, communication truly just feels natural. It just happens, without a second thought, because it feels right and because it's essential to the daily function of the school. Parents and teachers working closely together get to know each other well, and realize that a certain level of clear, consistent communication is needed to keep things running smoothly. When a school values communication, everyone gets involved; everyone is recognized, valued, and supported. It's just another reason why small schools make a big difference.
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