I gave 5th grade students a project that was due a few days before the winter break. I have about 10 students who did not turn the project in. Well, three did turn it in, but I gave it back because it was not done well. I'm debating on calling home to the parents today. Anytime I have called a parent it goes well, but I still have to work up the nerve to call them. Well, I think it is now because school is out. I e-mailed five parents, but I do not have e-mails for the rest. Everyone, except my mother haha, says to call after the break. If I call after the break it will be after I have showed them that they are now failing my class. For some it may work, for others they probably won't care. My main reason to call is , that I don't want the parent to be angry or upset when they see that they did not do well this marking period. If I call over the break then the child has time to work on it. I'm hoping that a bunch of them turn it in to me when they return. I don't know though. It's aggravating because it's not my grade and they really should be more responsible, and not have to wait for Mommy or Daddy to tell them what to do. Instead of this being the student's problem, I feel like it is now my problem. ugh!