Composition Book-Wide Ruled
Tuesday, March 24, 20xx
Dear Ms. Sanchez,
Nora Gomez could not come to school on Monday, March 21 because she had a fever. Please give her the homework.
Sincerely, Dolores Gomez
Practice writing your own note.
February 9, 20xx
Dear Mr. Camacho:
I would like to make an appointment with you to speak about my son Jose Rivera’s homework. I am learning English to help Jose with homework. Sometimes, his homework assignments are difficult for me to help him with. Do you have any suggestions? Please send me a note back with a convenient time and date to meet.
Sincerely, Adriana Hernandez
June 17, 20xx
Dear Ms. Roberts,
Hello. I am the mother of Julia Morris. I wanted to thank you for teaching Julia this year. The summer is right around the corner, and I wonder how she can make the most of the summer and what I can do to prepare her for the next year? It would be much appreciated if you can send me a letter with your recommendations. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your support.
Sincerely, Maria Sanchez
When your child is sick, you should call the school or write an absence note. Following is a sample dialogue of reporting your child’s absence. Listen and practice it.
Reporting an absence
November 1, 20xx
You are scheduled to attend a parent-teacher conference to discuss the progress of your child, Luis Garcia. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. If you need to reschedule the meeting, please call the school office at (718) 222-4242 and leave a message.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Paula Jones, Teacher
To have a good meeting with the teacher, you can plan it before the meeting. Write down questions you would like to ask the teacher and say them aloud. A “We Are New York” episode “Welcome Parents” shows how immigrant parents prepare for parent-teacher conferences. Click here to watch the episode. The parent checklist below is derived from The Helping Handbook published by Learning Leaders.
Before the Conference
At the Conference
Click below on your preferred language to view “Questions to Ask at a Parent-Teacher Conference,” created by the New York City Department of Education.
Listen to the dialogue between parents and teacher discussing the child’s homework at a parent-teacher conference. What is the problem? What does the teacher suggest for the parents?
He Never Does Homework
She Is Reading at a 3rd Grade Level
Learn about what bullying is and how you can prevent your child from being bullied.
Report bullying to the teacher
One of school options that New York City public schools offer to students is zoned schools. Zoned schools give priority to students who live in their zone and are determined by home address. Call 311 to find out what schools are your zoned schools.
Operator: How can I assist you today? Parent: I would like to know my zoned schools. Operator: What borough do you live in? Parent: Queens. Operator: What is your address? Parent: 43-16 47th St Operator: Is it north, south, east, or west? Parent: North. Operator: Is it the north side of Queens Boulevard or the south side of it? Parent: North side. Operator: Well. You need to speak to someone in the district office for that. Let me look up a district office for you. What is your zip code? Parent: It’s 11104. Operator: I have to locate a district office with your address. Please bear with me. Parent: Sure. Operator: Thank you for your patience. According to your address, you need to call District Office 30. The telephone number is 718-391-8261. It’s open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Parent: Let me read the telephone number back to you. 7-1-8-3-9-1-8-2-6-1. Is it correct? Operator: Yes. Is there anything else I can help you with? Parent: No, thank you. Operator: Thank you for calling 311. Have a nice evening.