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From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: October 8, 2010

Is your child unmotivated…struggling academically…not sleeping…feeling depressed….acting out? If your child is experiencing difficulties at home, please do not wait for parent-teacher conference day or a failing report card to contact our professional staff. I strongly encourage you to pick up the phone and call the school immediately. We’re here to work with you. In fact, the Island Trees staff understands the benefits of a good relationship between the home and school. In most cases, if we are able to work as partners from the beginning – together – we’ll have a greater chance of helping your child. I know from experience that the Island Trees staff truly appreciates knowing about any changes at home and/or with the family.

Naturally, teachers who are aware of issues can be more sensitive to the needs of your child, and in general, will modify their approach with your child and communicate more frequently with you in order to facilitate success.

In closing, we are fortunate and appreciate all of the work you do preparing your children for school. Kudos to you all! From time to time, we do have students who may get “off track” and as partners we need to work together in order to get these children headed back in the right direction. Thank you for the strong “school to home” relationship we have cultivated over the years.

If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me cmurphy@island trees.org. Thank you.