We have parent's night this Thursday. It's from 6:30 to 8:30 at night. I really don't want to go to it for many reasons. I live far away from the school and the school is located in a highly congested area. We get out at 3:00 PM and I don't want to stay in the school for 3 1/2 hours waiting for the parents to arrive. I can go home but then I will have to contend with the stress of the rush hour traffic when I make my way back to the school. I can get a hotel but then I have to pay for the room. Plus I will probably only get 8 parents visiting for the good students. It seems like a total waste of time. I am new in the school and I don't have tenure. I was thinking of taking a sick day or personal day this Thursday. Will this look bad for me if I skip out on this event? I haven't taken any sick or personal days so far this year. I attended the parent's night the last two years. This would be my first year missing it. Please let me know what you think.