Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity for teachers and parents to share information and discuss strategies designed to motivate and encourage students to learn.  Traditionally at Saint Mary’s, two days in the fall which follow the first report card period are reserved as parent-teacher conference days.  Parents are asked to sign up for times during the day, and additional times are provided in the afternoon and evening of the first day.  Students are not present during these two days (after school care is offered) as the focus of the time is devoted to conversations between the teachers and parents.

For the 2015-2016 school year, parent-teacher conference days are scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 4th.  Due to the large number of available conference “slots”, four separate sign-ups have been created.  Sign-up web-pages are available for Tuesday Elementary Teachers, Wednesday Elementary Teachers, Tuesday Middle School and Resource Teachers, and Wednesday Middle School and Resource Teachers.  To allow for more convenient scheduling for families with multiple students at Saint Mary’s, families with 3 or more children are allowed to schedule times first, followed by 2 children families, followed by open scheduling.  Links are provided below.  Please note the three different sign-up links below based on number of students by family.

For Families with 3 or more enrolled students:  Please sign up for times Monday , October 19 through Sunday, November 1.

Tuesday, November 3rd, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers :

 Tuesday – K to 5 – Sign up for slots

Tuesday, November 3rd, Middle School (6 – 8)  and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Tuesday – 6 – 8 and Resource Teachers K – 8 sign up

Wednesday, November 4th, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers

Wednesday – K – 5 – Sign up for slots

Wednesday, November 4th, Middle School (6 – 8) and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Wednesday – 6 – 8 and Resource K – 8 Sign up

For Families with 2 or more enrolled students:  Please sign up for times Thursday , October 22 through Sunday, November 1.

Tuesday, November 3rd, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers :

Tuesday – K to 5 – Sign up for slots

Tuesday, November 3rd, Middle School (6 – 8)  and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Tuesday – 6 – 8 and Resource Teachers K – 8 sign up

Wednesday, November 4th, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers

Wednesday – K – 5 – Sign up for slots

Wednesday, November 4th, Middle School (6 – 8) and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Wednesday – 6 – 8 and Resource K – 8 Sign up

For All Families with enrolled students:  Please sign up for times Saturday, October 24 through Sunday, November 1.

Tuesday, November 3rd, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers :

Tuesday – K to 5 – Sign up for slots

Tuesday, November 3rd, Middle School (6 – 8)  and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Tuesday – 6 – 8 and Resource Teachers K – 8 sign up

Wednesday, November 4th, Elementary (K – 5) Teachers

Wednesday – K – 5 – Sign up for slots

Wednesday, November 4th, Middle School (6 – 8) and Resource Teachers (K – 8)

Wednesday – 6 – 8 and Resource K – 8 Sign up

Please note:  Parent-teacher conference days are an artifact of previous practices and customs.  Before the advent of email, and greater parental involvement, the parent-teacher conference days were the primary means of communication for the year.  Times have changed, email has significantly impacted parent-teacher communications, and parent-teacher conferences are now scheduled on-demand throughout the year.  The need for designated days to schedule parent-teacher conferences has greatly diminished.  There is simply no longer a pressing need for parents to take time to meet with teachers on these specific days, and parents should not feel compelled to meet with teachers for the sake of maintaining a tradition.  The 2015-2016 school year includes the traditional two days of scheduled parent-teacher conferences, but it should be anticipated that in future years, this custom may be replaced with email, newsletters and scheduled-as-needed conferences.  Teachers and administration welcome the conversation between parents and teachers, and encourage parental engagement in matters of student achievement and success, however  technology and schedules have simply made the parent-teacher dialog more flexible and ongoing.