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  1. Ghost

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    I have a parent who wants to meet with me next week :eek: and since it's a new school, I really want to get off on the right foot. What should I do (besides meeting with her)??? And what should I include in my letter to parents??:eek: I've done a lot of different things, but I really want things to go well.
     
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  3. HannahB2

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    Well I can't help you with the parent letter thing because I actually just posted on getting help for one, too.
    With the meeting parent, I assume you are meeting her at school?
    Maybe show her somethings around in your classroom, share you behavior plan, etc...
     
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    Before meeting with this parent, I would talk with the school principal or counselor, just in case you need a heads up as you are new to the school. Occasionally, the parents who are in there right away, turn out to be the "difficult" ones for the year.

    I would be very positive with the parent, and if in doubt, I say, "I would like to think about that and I will get back with you." Document the meeting.
     
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    I second this, and would like to add that you may want to check with your union rep about this. If your contract hasn't started, then you shouldn't be "working."
     
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    I've been talking with my new parents all summer, both at school when I've been there and they have dropped by and also by e-mail. It helps to set a good tone for the year. I can't imagine telling a parent that I can't speak with them because school hasn't officially started.

    I agree about checking with the principal to get a feel for this parent before you meet with her, but don't just assume that she is going to be difficult. Maybe she just wants to say hello and welcome to the school.
     
  7. runsw/scissors

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    Is there a specific reason this parent wants to meet with you? Perhaps the child has difficulty with change or new people or some kind of LD? How about health issues? We have a parent who meets with her child's teachers about a week before school begins to go over information about her child's medication, diabetes testing kits, etc. Whatever you do, if you are in this meeting alone (or even if you are with other people) take detailed notes and keep them in a safe place. If you document and keep the records they make come in very handy later if you need to play the CYA game.
     
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    Mrs. Renz has a great parent letter on her website as well, and I would speak with the office first about the meeting the parent wants to hold.
     

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