Communication & Parent Involvement

  • Open House:

    Open Houses for grade K/1 and grade 2/3 take place in September or early October.  This is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and receive an overview of the curriculum and special activities for the upcoming school year.  

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:

    Parent-Teacher Conferences take place two times during the school year for grades K-3 aligned to the Fall and Spring report card schedule.  Conference dates are available each year on the district calendar. Special reminders will be sent home and sign up for conferences will be done through your child’s teacher and class parents in advance.  The purpose of this conference is to discuss your child’s progress and academic, social emotional and/or behavioral goals.

    Report Cards:

    The report card schedule is aligned so that you can access your child’s report card on Home Access Center prior to and in preparation for the conference.  Report cards go home three times a year - Winter (Nov/December), Spring (March/April) and end of year (June).

    Student Records:

    A copy of all information in your child's cumulative folder is available upon request.  Usually this information will include your child’s school registration forms, copies of report cards, any standardized test scores and attendance information.  If you need a copy of this information or wish to review your child’s folder, please call the main office at 914-591-6012.

    Ongoing Communication:

    If you need to communicate with your child's teacher or staff member, there are several ways to do so.  You may send a note with your child asking that you be contacted. You may email our staff members (using the email directory found under “Staff” on the “Our School” page, as we make every effort to return emails within 24 hours. Please note that if you have a time sensitive matter that email is not always accessed by teachers during the school day.  If you need to contact someone immediately, please call the main office at 914-591-6012. Information regarding important activities and events are found in the district calendar, weekly newsletters and backpacked home daily. Please look for these communications and be sure you are signed up to receive email newsletters to stay informed.

    Weekly Newsletter:

    Building administration sends home a weekly newsletter titled, “What’s New at Dows Lane?”  This weekly communication contains information about upcoming events for our school and community.  This is sent home via the email address in our Eschool system. Please contact the main office or the building principal if you are not receiving these weekly newsletters.

    District Newsletter:

    A District Newsletter is sent out weekly via email.  This newsletter provides valuable and timely district communication, inclusive of budget, Board of Education topics, committee agendas and more.  Please be sure you are receiving these emails as well.

    District Calendar:

    Vital information is contained in our district calendar related to days off, school events and important reminders.  You may now sync your phone with the Irvington Google Calendar! Don’t miss out on events!

    Parental Involvement:

    There are many ways in which individual parents to become involved with with their child’s experiences at Dows Lane.  Included are class breakfasts, guest readers, chaperoning a class trip, and/or volunteering to be a “Parents Assist Learning” (PAL) volunteer.  Please contact your child’s teacher to explore ideas and set up a time that works for you and your schedule.

    Class Parents:

    The role of the class parent is to help coordinate special activities such as class breakfasts, field trips, etc.  Class parents are selected by PTSA vice presidents each year. Questions and comments regarding classroom policy and individual issues should not be directed to class parents, but rather should be addressed by appropriate school staff.  One class parent per grade is designated as the grade level parent. You will be asked to provide your email address to class parents at the Open House event in September.

    Parent Advisory Council (PAC):

    The Parent Advisory Council meets monthly with the building principal and assistant principal to discuss issues and concerns related to school program and policy.  YOu may pass on your topics/ideas/suggestions for discussion to members of your PAC or class parents. The members of the PAC Committee are PTSA vice presidents for the K-3 school and grade level parents.  We value this committee and the collaborative work done to support all communications, building programs and events!

    PTSA: 

    The Irvington NY PTSA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for our schools, our community and for the well-being and achievement of every student in our district.

    These goals are accomplished in many ways at Dows Lane. The PTSA supports programs for students, such as Eyes on Art, Author & Illustrator Visits, Lice Checks, Halloween Carnival, Preschool Carnival, Dows Lane Book Sale, Popsicles with the Principal, and many, many other wonderful grants that enhance and enrich our curriculum and experiences!

    If you are interested in volunteering check the Irvington PTSA website for more information.

    Irvington Education Foundation (IEF)

    The Irvington Education Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the programs offered to all students. IEF grants fund special program to enrich curriculum and school experiences.  Since its inception in 1996, the ideas, efforts and community generosity has supported amazing grants at each grade level. Please check out the IEF website for more information.

    Site Based Committee:  

    School Site Committees are formulated as a result of the Commissioner's Regulations Part 100.11.  The Irvington school community believes that students and their growth as learners and individuals are at the core of the work of its schools.  We believe that community representation and participation is are critical to the success of its students as is the role of local decision making.  Shared decision making will enrich dialogue and experiences for our students. In this spirit, the goal of these School Site Committees, in the Irvington Schools, is to enhance students’ learning experiences.  All discussions of these committees should be student-centered and project-based while being guided by the areas in the Site Committee Project Suggestion section of this plan. The Dows Lane Site Committee meets monthly to develop a school based project.