Sienna Lutheran Academy desires to build a culture where parents and teachers join hands as partners in providing the finest education possible for the young people entrusted to their care. To that end, the staff of Sienna Lutheran Academy is truly committed to maintaining open channels of communication with the parents and guardians of our students. The following list outline some of the important avenues designed to promote efficient and effective home/school communication.
- Parent–Teacher Conferences
Following the 1st and 3rd grading periods, parents are scheduled to meet with the teacher in a 20 minute conference. Discussion includes the child’s academic progress, school disposition, and interaction with teacher and classmates.
- Teacher Availability
If at any time during the school year parents have questions concerning their child’s progress and behavior, they are encouraged to contact the teacher and arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. This may be accomplished by stopping by their child’s classroom after school, e-mailing the teacher, or calling the school office. The teacher will make every effort to return the e-mail or phone call no later than the following day.
- Classroom Visitation
As part of Sienna Lutheran Academy’s open-door policy, parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom and see education in action. Parents may participate in the classroom activities or just come and observe. Informing the teacher prior to the visit is necessary so that the teacher may prepare ways to involve the parent during the visit. Upon arrival at school, parents will sign in and obtain a guest pass from the school receptionist.
Parents are welcome to volunteer at Sienna Lutheran Academy. Opportunities are plentiful. Whether it’s one day a month or one day a year, please consider reading a story, helping with a project, singing a song, manning the computer, or just being an extra pair of hands. Your presence enhances your life, your child’s life, and our educational program as well. If interested, please contact the school office for orientation. At all times we keep the safety of our students at the fore-front. Therefore, all volunteers must participate in a volunteer orientation meeting as well as submit to a background check.
- Weekly Teacher News
Each teacher sends home a weekly update that informs parents of curriculum units being introduced, projects students are working on, areas of school work where parents can assist their children, and or upcoming events. Additionally, student work is saved and sent home at the time specified by your child’s teacher, so that parents are aware of their child’s overall performance. Parent comments or questions are always welcomed.
- Student Weekly Progress Report
A weekly student progress report may be started after a conference with the parent has deemed it necessary to assist a student with areas of concerns. This progress report is not a report card. It’s purpose is to inform the student and his parents of the student’s scholastic progress, homework completion and quality, test results, and/or conduct.