Sep 04
Developing Learning Focused Relationships

​As we begin another academic year filled with promise and potential, I hope to take a moment to emphasize the crucial role that relationships between teachers and parents play in our school community.

At Catherine Nichols Gunn we believe that cultivating connection through a strong partnership between teachers and parents is at the heart of a collaborative approach to student learning and success. Building and maintaining positive relationships between educators and families have a profound impact on our students' academic progress, personal development, and overall well-being.

Here are some key reasons why these relationships are essential:

Student Success

When teachers and parents work together, we create a supportive and holistic environment where students thrive. The sharing of insights, concerns, and goals enables us to tailor our educational approach to meet each child's unique needs.


Open lines of communication between teachers and parents ensure that important information is shared promptly. This includes academic updates, behavioral observations, and any special accommodations that may be required to support your child's learning journey.

Positive Role Models

As adults, our interactions serve as role models for our students. When they see teachers and parents collaborating respectfully and constructively, they learn valuable lessons about teamwork and the importance of working together to achieve common goals.

Parental Engagement

Engaged parents are more likely to be involved in their child's education, attend school events, and participate in parent-teacher conferences. This involvement boosts students' motivation and success.

Early Intervention

Timely communication allows us to address any challenges or concerns promptly. Together, we can develop strategies and solutions to support your child's growth and development.

Creating a Supportive School Community

Building strong teacher-parent relationships contributes to a positive school culture where all stakeholders feel valued, respected, and connected to our mission of providing an exceptional education.


To foster these important relationships, we encourage you to:

  • Attend parent-teacher conferences and school events (like our upcoming Meet the Teacher event on September 21, 2023 or the Parenting Session which our School Council is inviting you to later this month).
  • Reach out to teachers or administrators with questions or concerns.
  • Volunteer your time or expertise to support school activities, or become an engaged member of the School Council.
  • Engage in open and respectful communication with teachers and staff.
  • Discuss any arising conflict directly with your child's teacher to resolve as soon as possible- we want to maintain positive relationships between school and home.

Our dedicated educators are committed to working collaboratively with you to ensure the success of your child. Please remember that we are here to support you every step of the way.

In the coming weeks, we will be hosting various events and opportunities for you to connect with our teaching staff. We look forward to building and strengthening the bonds between our school and your families.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. Together, we can create an enriching and supportive learning environment where every student can thrive.

Linda Doyle

Principal, Catherine Nichols Gunn School


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