PSI promotes a positive partnership between teachers and parents as an important tool in ensuring student academic and behavioural success. Therefore, the School has put into place a number of procedures and events to foster this communication.
Parents are encouraged to contact the staff and school leadership on a regular basis in order to be well-informed regarding their child’s progress.
PSI has developed a comprehensive system for communicating student progress, news, and upcoming events.
In order to keep parents from feeling overloaded, the School sends information home to groups of parents on Mondays and Fridays only. This includes class and school newsletters, announcements about field trips and other events, and requests for parent help. There are two exceptions to this rule. Emergency information (e.g., a school closure) will go out as needed. Teachers communicating with one parent regarding a student’s academic or behavioural issues may also contact parents on an as-needed basis.
All teachers now maintain a web presence on MyPSI, the School’s database and communication system. All parents have access to the appropriate grade level websites and are encouraged to check these regularly for information about student learning, upcoming events, and student progress.
The PSI School App is an application for parental use. It provides easy access to the most essential school information, in a time-saving and straightforward manner. Parents are able to see their students’ schedules, our weekly cafeteria menu, school contact details, daily bus timetables, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) events, Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), Physical and Health Education (PHE) updates, school calendars, notifications, etc. The information is continually updated, allowing PSI families to stay up-to-date with all things at Pechersk School International Kyiv.
Each fall, PSI offers a Back-to-School or Curriculum Afternoon to help all parents understand more about the daily functioning of the School. In addition, parent-teacher meetings are scheduled twice a year in Secondary, usually following report cards, and three times a year in Primary. Parents make appointments with teachers through My PSI. Appointments for Parent Conferences are usually 15 minutes for Primary and 10 minutes per subject teacher in Secondary. While we promote an on-line calendar (Secondary) to help in communication, direct contact is always best when a student is having difficulties. We ask that parents meet with teachers upon request. In addition, we encourage any parent who wishes a meeting to make an appointment with the teacher.
Students in EC - Grade 8 hold annual Student-Led Conferences / Showcases in which they present their work for the year and discuss their learning challenges and accomplishments. Parents are requested to attend these events. They are not opportunities to discuss student progress with the teacher. They are designed as a way for students to communicate directly with their parents about their own annual progress.
Students in EC - Grade 5 hold conferences with their parents and teachers to discuss their goals for the year. These goals are academic and social / emotional and are aligned to the PYP and Learner Profile. These conferences are not used to discuss current progress, but the goals set forth by your child as they move forward throughout the school year.
Learning celebrations happen throughout the school year in Primary School and can take place while children are in the middle of learning something (the process of learning) or at the end of a unit of learning (the product of learning). Parents are invited to come to classes to celebrate, along with their children, the learning that is taking place. Some celebrations may include listening to children read their published work, observing children while they explain a science experiment and the procedures they followed, or listening to children work through math problems using manipulatives.