Every other week, I send home "graded papers." Attached to the graded papers is a printed copy of that child's grades. Parents also have online availability to their children's grades, plus, the system calls them (if the number is still good) any time the kid is absent or receives an F. Mid-9-weeks, we all send home progress reports. I take the time to write a note on each report (ours went home today). I am a very communicative teacher - I send home weekly newsletters, daily conduct reports, call home for each student at least once per quarter, etc. Anyway, the note I sent home for 6 students was basically: "I am concerned about your child's progress. Please call me at 555-5555 (my personal cell number) before 6pm to schedule a conference so we can discuss some solutions." I have received 0 calls. ZERO. Zip. Nada. Basically, I'm pi$$ed. These are, of course, parents who change their cell numbers every other week, don't show up for SBLC (our SPED testing process) conferences, provide zero supplies, and never return a call or sign a conduct form. The only signature I have seen from one parent is on a field trip permission slip. Waddya want to bet they'll show up (with $$) on field day. As a parent, grandparent, and teacher, I'm offended. I'm disgusted. I hurt for my kiddos who have no support at home. I'm sick and tired of bending over backward for people who don't care. I spend tons of time and $$ on my classroom, both in supplies, technology, and materials, but can't get a bottle of hand sanitizer or a box of kleenex. One of the few kids I have with behavioral issues was told by his mom that he "don't have to listen to that white woman." Really???? We have no water fountain in our classroom or on our wing, so we have bottled water for my kiddos. Guess who has purchased all but one case of water? (And we keep and refill the water for several weeks, changing them out occasionally for health reasons.) Argh! It's a good thing I have extremely short hair, because I would be pulling it all out! Whew, that feels better - thanks for letting me vent!