New Teachers Prepped for Parent Teacher Conferences

New Teachers Prepped for Parent Teacher Conferences

PTConf1600Hawthorn has been preparing its new teachers to make the parent teacher conference experience as seamless as possible. Recently parents and seasoned teachers highlighted what teachers should expect during the 15-minute meetings and how to make sure it is a positive experience for both parents and new staff.

Here are Tips & Tactics suggested by parents and seasoned teachers for Hawthorn’s 38 new staff members:

  • Be prepared for the Meeting. Parents and teachers only have 15 minutes to discuss a child’s progress.
  • Create a Happy Sandwich – Start and end the conversation with positive information about their child.
  • Stay positive throughout the meeting.
  • Keep conversations “student-centered” and “learning-centered.”
  • Parents want to know if there is a problem with their child whether it is social, emotional or academic. Be honest.
  • Parent teacher conferences should not be the first time parents hear of a problem or concern with their child.
  • Parents don’t want teachers to go over everything in a child’s portfolio; give them the highlights and send parents home with their child’s homework and projects.
  • Make sure the classroom teacher and the child’s specials teachers – math, speech, etc. – are sending the same messages to parents.
  • Give parents time to ask questions.
  • If you realize you are running out of time, reschedule the conversation for a later time.
  • If parents get off topic refer them or their child to experts who can help them with matters that are not classroom/school related.
  • Provide resources or takeaways that parents can take away with them regarding concerns you raised.

New TL Phone Number 12-1


Book Fair is Coming!!

The PTO Book Fair is coming!!  Fair dates are November 24th and 25th during conferences.  If you can’t make it to the fair, you can shop the online fair that runs from November 16-December 6.  This is the perfect time to get some great gifts for family and friends or perhaps  your child’s homeroom teacher.  Visit
for more information.
Hope to see you there!

Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Here are some good talking points that you may like to bring up at conferences:

Conference Tips for Parents

Townline/Dual Language Family Night Fall Fest

TL/DL Family Night Fall Fest at 6:30 in Cafeteria (please RSVP)

Download for more information==>  Fall Fest RSVP

Spirit Wear Sale until Sept. 21!

The 2014 fall spirit wear sale has begun! We are excited to offer new items and a website for online viewing, ordering, and purchasing that accepts credit card payments. Please visit the vendor website to view all products in color and make purchases. The last date for online ordering is Sunday, September 21st. Please visit the Spirit Wear web page for additional information including order forms that can be printed and returned to school if needed.

Kindy Playdate Canceled!!!

Unfortunately, due to the weather, tonight’s kindergarten play date is cancelled.
Thank you.

Kindy Playdate!

Welcome to Townline!
Join us for a Kindergarten Playdate at the Townline Playground on August 21st from 6:00-7:00PM to meet other Kindergarten students and families. Treats will be provided! Dr. Kieffer, Townline Principal, will be there too!
Come out and have fun before school starts!


Flyer to print: KindyPlaydate

Open House

Download the schedule of activities: Open House Invite

Townline’s Open House
It will be an evening filled with community singing, dancing, and our very own…

Drum Circle!

Performances are scheduled for:
Kindy & 3rd Grade: 6:30-6:50 p.m.
2nd Grade & 4th Grade: 7:00-7:20 p.m.
1st Grade & 5th Grade: 7:30-7:50 p.m.

As an added bonus, come and meet Fode!