Family EngagementWebster values the critical role families play in ensuring the success of our students. We encourage you to remain in regular contact with your child’s teachers and service providers, via e-mail and/or phone contact. There are many other ways for you to become involved in your child’s academic and social development while they are in our elementary schools.
CURRICULUM NIGHT (GRADE LEVEL MEETINGS)
Curriculum Night meetings take place in the fall. Please check with your child’s school for the dates and times. These events are a great way to meet the teachers and get an overview of the educational priorities for the school year. With the continuing implementation of the Learning Standards, these meetings will provide parents the most current approaches we are using in the classroom to engage students in the required thinking and learning.
Parents and teachers of elementary-level students will meet twice during the school year for a conference. Conferences will be held in the fall and the spring. This year, conferences will be on October 18, 24 and 25, and March 12, 13 and 20. For all parent-teacher conference days, elementary students will be in school for a half-day in the morning. If your child’s school serves breakfast, it will be available on the half-days, however no lunches will be served. Parents will be informed of how to sign up for a meeting date and time. The focus of these conferences is individual student progress. If you have any concerns at any time during the year, please contact your child’s teacher.
MONITORING YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS THROUGH HOMEWORK
Homework assignments in the elementary grades are a part of the total learning process. Homework reinforces learning that has taken place in the classroom. In addition, homework will make it possible for parents to assist their children with school work. Both class work and homework will help parents gain a better understanding of the school’s program. If your child is experiencing difficulties with homework, parents are strongly encouraged to contact their child’s teacher.
REPORT CARDS AND THE PARENT PORTAL
Report cards are prepared by your child’s classroom teacher two times per year in grades K-5. This academic year, report cards will be prepared in January and June. Special area teachers also complete progress reports at different points in the year depending on the subject. Report cards will not be printed and sent home, but will be available on the portal. If you need a paper copy of your child’s report card, please request one from your school’s main office.
WCSD’s Parent Portal is a great place to go for important information. The portal is a secure, password protected, web-based program that provides families with student information. Parents are able to view only their own child’s information.
Elementary parents can view attendance, contact information, transportation records, and report cards on the portal. Parents may also update telephone information for their child(ren) through the portal. Parents who need their activation code should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEBSTER CENTRAL PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA)
The purpose of PTSA is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Webster Central PTSA includes parents, teachers, and students from all 11 Webster schools. Webster Central PTSA coordinates activities in these buildings, and maintains open communication with the District administration and the Board of Education. Central PTSA organizes events that benefit all families in Webster, such as Community Arts Day, Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night, and partnering with the Webster Teachers Association to recognize the efforts of outstanding teachers with the Oak Tree Award. Additionally, each building has a PTSA that supports the needs and wants of its population. Parents are encouraged to join the PTSA at their child’s school. Every year the PTSA produces and sells calendars that list many of the meetings and events at all 11 buildings. These can be purchased from the school PTSAs or at Hegedorn’s.