Good Morning, Please let me know what you think of this part of my school day that is honestly difficuly for me to get adjusted to. Perhaps I just have a strong aversion to change and need to learn how to make the best of it -- or perhaps it warrants talking to the admin. At my school, the children have 15 minutes (7:30-7:45 AM) to come inside, get settled, turn in homework, notes, and begin their "daily language/problem solving review. During this time, parents are also allowed to come into the classroom. In my previous school (this is my 1st year at the new school) the parents had drop off outside and did not even leave their cars. It is December and this is third grade. Here are my main concerns: 1. I have parents still coming in tat are holding their 3rd graders backpack (they never take home more than 1 text book). 2. I have parents who open their child's daily folder for them and turn homework into the homework basket for them. Or hand me notes. (I really want the kids to do this ~ routine, independence, etc) 3. I have parents who, I feel, speak to me during those 15 minutes about things that either warrant an email or a voice mail or things I reallllllllly don't need to know. Such as: "My daugher had a late night last night -- she may be sleepy!" or "He had a hard time with the math homework last night." Sometimes its cute little stories "You won't believe what my son did last night at baseball!!" I have had parents hand me psychological evals first thing in the AM and ask when it can be finished... again, things I need TIME to fill out and think through. Parents who come in to tell me that they're worried their son might be stealing from a 1st grader... And yes, the kids who are already in the room find these conversations MUCH more interesting than their daily review! Anyways.. it IS just 15 minutes but it IS first thing and I truly wish the parents would use the email or voicemail or old fashioned note in the kids folder to communicate best with me. It honestly throws off my morning when a parent comes in and is abrasive or demanding and wants an answer/response ASAP while my students are trying to unpack, get settled, etc. And my 3rd graders are MORE THAN capable of turning in their on hw, etc. Any advice? Again, I am new at this school and realllly do not want to create waves, but I think a new years note might be in order. What do you all think? Again, if I am just needing to deal with it -- let me know!