This week in LRSD, the student portfolios are being reviewed. This is time set aside by the LRSD in communication with local school administrators and teachers to have the parents attend the schools and review the student’s work so far this school year. It is meant to be an opportunity to see what your child has been working on in the school and to facilitate communication with home about what topics have been covered. When parents have specific issues to discuss with the teachers they are encouraged to arrange a one-on-one time with the teacher at a time separate from the portfolio. Each school has set aside different days and times that they are holding the portfolios so consult your child’s school website to see when they are happening. If a sign up sheet hasn’t come home, call the school directly to arrange a time to see your child’s portfolio. When the portfolio experience is led by the student it is a great opportunity for the child and family to connect about what has been happening at school. Most children enjoy a chance to be the “expert” about school and show their family members what they have been working on.
In my experience with the Louis Riel School Division since my oldest began attending school in 2000, the board has always encouraged community input in all the decisions they make. I have had the opportunity to attend many of these consultation nights and I always left with two overwhelming thoughts. First, I always felt like I was heard. The board members may not have ended up going in a direction that was completely in agreement with all in attendance but I always felt they took all the feedback received into consideration in their decision making. The second thought was how few community members took the opportunity to provide their input and be a part of the decision making process. The School Board plans a variety of these consultations throughout the year. I hope that interested community members will attend and provide their feedback. You can check out the website for Louis Riel and look under governance for upcoming meetings and consultation evenings. I really believe that the success of our Public Schools lies in the public taking an active interest in what is going on in the school system.
Prior to today I have been posting status updates on my facebook page. I am now going to be adding updates here as well so that everyone will be able to see what’s going on leading up to the by-election on Nov. 26th. Please visit my facebook page to see what has been going on until now. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.