Upon receiving any sort of communication from their child's school, most parents brace themselves for something aggravating. Even parents of straight-A students often have to navigate bureaucratic red tape, dress code drama, scheduling switches, etc. But as one mom named Alison Owen proved, not every letter home from school causes a headache. In fact, once in a blue moon, you might get one that actually makes you cry ... happy tears!
That's exactly what Owen says happened when she got her 11-year-old son Charlie’s standardized test results from Barrowford Primary School in the U.K. on Monday. Given how utterly awesome it really was, the test scores letter went viral, after Owen shared it on Facebook.
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The letter, from the school's head teacher Rachel Tomlinson and assistant head teacher Amy Brikett, was written in response to the KS2 exam, which tests students' math, reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar abilities. They sent a copy out to all the test takers, in an effort to remind the children -- and their parents, of course -- that their test scores "will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything." What mom wouldn't love this, too: "These tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way your teachers do, the way I hope to and certainly not the way your families do.” Amazing!
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No wonder Owen was floored. Considering how accustomed many parents are to receiving upsetting, annoying, or just downright icky notes that detail what a child did wrong or that are simply impersonal form letters, this letter is a MAJOR breath of fresh air.
Of course teachers and administrators are just trying to do their jobs, but there could always be more personalization and positivity. How fantastic that this letter delivered not just solid info to parents and students, but also made their day. Cheers to that!
What's an example of a nice letter like this that you received from your child's school?
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