Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire every student to reach academic excellence. The educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District will instill habits of reflection and inquiry that challenge our students to set ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community, the confidence to showcase their talents, and academic and personal successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.


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January 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians:

Maintaining open and effective lines of communication between home and school is a vital component towards a successful school year for your children. When your child arrives home from school, are you able to get more than two words out of him / her before they head outside to play, to get a snack or to go to their rooms? If this is the "norm" in your house, do not feel bad. This is pretty commonplace. How can you get a better sense of what their daily experiences were like? You just need to be a little "subtle" with your questions. Choose a good "setting" for your parent - child chats (during dinnertime, while eating a snack, at the same time you are playing a game).  Listed below are some effective "conversation starters".


  1. Tell Me about a moment today when you felt proud of yourself.

  2. Tell me about something that made you laugh today.

  3. How did you help someone today? How did someone help you?

  4. How would you rate your day on a scale of 1-10 and why?

  5. If you could plan tomorrow’s lesson, what would you teach your classmates about?

  6. What 3 words would you use to describe your best friend at school?

  7. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

  8. When were you happiest today?

  9. Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning in class?

  10. Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.

  11. What was the best thing that happened at school today?

  12. What was challenging about your day?

  13. What are 3 words you would use to describe your day?

  14. If you could be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do differently?

  15. Who would you like to play with at recess that you have never played with before?

  16. Tell me about something new you learned about a friend.

  17. Is there anything you would like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out

  18. Is there anything you are worried about?

  19. What was the most frustrating part of your day?

  20. If you could do any moment from today over again, what would you do differently?

  21. Which assignment did you feel most confident about today?

  22. If you could change one thing about your day today, what would it be?

  23. If you had $1,000.00 to buy something for your school, what would you buy?

  24. If you could do anything with 1 classmate, who would you choose and what would you do?

  25. Is there a question you wish I would ask you about your day?

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