Partnership with Parents
In our mission, we very purposefully state that we are a family-oriented school. Developing a partnership with parents is not only extremely important to us, it's also beneficial to student learning. Open and on-going communication with parents is one of our top priorities, and there are many opportunities for parents to be involved at our school – and in their child’s learning.
School to Home Communication
Frequency and format of school to home communication varies by division, but we strive to communicate on a regular basis and ensure open lines of communication. Twice each year, formal parent/teacher conferences provide a face-to-face meeting opportunity and during the spring conference students are also invited to participate.
Reporting to parents comes in many forms. Written student progress reports are sent home two times per year and parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year. At various times throughout the school year parents are also invited to their child’s classroom to learn about the units of inquiry.
Several times during the school year, each division hosts a parent forum. Topics range from curricular areas to use of technology, and details regarding dates and topics are communicated via division webpages and our online calendar.
Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
On both campuses the PTG facilitates unity between parents and the school through a variety of events including book fairs, welcome coffees and information fairs, and annual celebrations like Applefest, the Harvest Party, Worldfest and Summer fete. PTG country coordinators are also often available to welcome new families and answer questions in their native language.
Whether helping plan major events, assisting teachers in the classroom, sewing costumes and building stage scenery, or running the concession stand at athletic events, volunteering makes a meaningful difference to a student’s overall experience at FIS, and provides just one more avenue for parents to make a connection with their child's school.