September 2nd 2013


I am looking forward to this school Year. I hope that the summer was fun and relaxing for the whole family. Parenting Classes will begin October the 7th 2013. However I will always be available for any concerns or issues that you need to talk about. Just phone Monika at Beyzeyma and she will track me down. I will be on B campus every morning for the first couple of weeks to help with the transitions of new and young students. Please talk to me if you need to.

Happy New Year. January 7th 2013

I hope that you all had a good holiday, although Christmas isn't always the most restful time of the year.

We will start the parenting classes on Monday the 14th of January at 9-00 the theatre. Hope to see you there.

Here are a couple of new sites on cyber bullying. Take a look as it has some interesting information for parents and teachers. and

As discussed in our last Parenting Meeting, here is the document to download or view. The site I gave you on Monday is this one; Parenting Resource It has some really practical information for parents and their families. Enjoy

Parenting with Wit and Wisdom

Barbara Coloroso
​During my summer holidays I attended a workshop given by the author of the book,"Winning at Parenting",
It was most informative and the information was really practical and useful. I am excited to share all this with you in October. I was updated on all the recent research on Bullying and Cyberbullying as well as recent information that will be useful for the classroom teacher.
Welcome back. if you need to gret in touch with me please phone Monika at Beyzema Campus or the secretary at Zielinskiego Campus. I will be in Beyzema every morning for the first few weeks to welcome new and returning students.

Parenting resources

Making the Best of Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Eight Steps to Success for Parents

1. Remember the F-word: Focus. The aim of a parent-teacher Conference is for adults to build a mutually respectful alliance that will support a child's (sometimes difficult) journey through school. Kids thrive when they feel the adults in their lives see them in the same way. Parents and teachers should try to use the precious minutes of a conference to reach agreement about a child's strengths and challenges– and how to respond to each.

2. Be there. We expect our children to attend school every day.Research shows that they do better academically when both parents attend conferences and PTA meetings. A parental no-show sends amessage to a child that maybe school isn't such a high priority, orperhaps that they aren't.

3. Leave your old school baggage at home. We all have memories of teachers and classes that made us miserable. It's important to set those aside and approach your child's teacher as a peer and partner. Assume a teacher wants to see your child succeed in school and life – just as you do. The respect you show a teacher is contagious and will find itsway back to your child.

4. Use a report card as a tool, not a centerpiece. Turn any review of grades or other evaluations into an opportunity to ask what's working and what's not for your child, and the teacher's observations. Do not dwell on the grade itself and do not attempt to pressure a teacher to change a grade, especially at a conference. (If there is a real issue of injustice, it should be taken to an administrator.) Remember, an

"A" student won't die from getting a "B", nor will a "B" student suffer irreparable harm from getting a "C." Most of us learned lessons about life and about ourselves from getting lower grades than we wished.

5. Share insider information: Tell the teacher what you know about your child as a learner. You've seen plenty. You know what motivates your child, what has worked with teachers in the past, and what your child loves and hates about school. Also, tell your child's teacher about your hopes and fears for your child. All parents worry from the day they send their children off to Kindergarten, and on through high school. No parent ever has all the information they'd like to have about their child's school life. When you articulate your concerns and wishes, it alerts a teacher to something important about your child's life. That information can help a teacher fine-tune instruction or

interactions to be more effective for your child.

6. Ask about the things that matter most. Go beyond grades. Ask about your child as a citizen of the classroom. Is he or she respectful ofadults and other students? Not every child is going to be a brilliant student, but brilliant or not, you want your child to be a loving,respectful, productive citizen who can live in community with others.Ask about your child's social life in school. Ask whether she or hehas friends, is part of a group, knows how to socialize and work respectfully with other children. How your child functions with otherpeople is going to make a big difference in later life.

7. Ask what you can do. Ask how you can support your child's success without micromanaging or rescuing him or her from mistakes and the valuable lessons they offer.

8. Trust your child’s development. Try relaxing a little and having faith in your child,and in your child’s journey through school.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is the author of "The Pressured Child:
Helping Your Child to Achieve Success in School and in Life," and
co-author of "Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys."

Books of Interest

  1. 1,2,3, Magic by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.

  2. STEP Parenting The Parents Handbook by Don Dinkmeyer, Sr. Gary McKay and Don Dinkmeyer,Jr.

  3. Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

  4. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Books by Barbara Colorosa

I think that her books are a wecome addition to any parenting library and certainly connect with our parenting training sessions.

Barbara Colorosois an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She is an educational consultant for school districts,the medical and business community, the criminal justice system and other educational associations around the world. Barbara has served as a classroom teacher, a laboratory school instructor, and a university instructor.

She is the author of five International bestsellers:
  1. Parenting with Wit and Wisdom

  2. Winning At Parenting

These titles are a good start for you to obtain her ideas on parenting.