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Dobbs Ferry H.S. Hosts Informal "Coffee Chat"

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Dobbs Ferry High School principal John Falino said it’s important for parents to feel comfortable coming to him with questions or concerns, which is why he’ll be holding a Coffee Chat this week.

“It was important to me that I just had an opportunity to talk to the parents in an informal way,” Falino said. “I’ve been using this information in kind of guiding the decisions I’ve been making this year.”

Falino will be sitting down with local parents on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the middle school/high school library. It was rescheduled from Jan. 11 due to a scheduling issue, according to Falino.

While not the first chat of the year, it’s a spin-off of the meet and greets Falino held earlier this year to get acquainted with parents.

“They are held periodically throughout the year by all of the principals,” said Dobbs Ferry PTSA president Lisa Ferrara. “It's a great way for parents to meet the new principal if they haven't done so already. It's also a great way to find out first-hand what's happening in the schools.”

There will be a wide array of topics discussed at the coffee chat, according to Falino, including the new chemistry labs, ways to further expose students to college, planning more school trips potentially abroad, how parent teacher conferences went, social and emotional issues of students, arts and new courses in the curriculum. 

“I’ll pretty much just be going over what’s been done since the last meet and greet,” Falino said. “It’s wide open, there’s not a specific agenda, there’s not a specific topic.”

While it will be a little more formal this time around as Falino said he expects about 40-50 parents to attend, the forum will still encourage open conversation.

“One of the most important parts of this is that we continually find different ways to just keep the line of communication open,” Falino said. “I feel like conversations like this kind of ease the transition for parents to contact us and talk about anything.”

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