I am stressed. I am being nonrenewed for non-performance reasons and going to work is hard enough. On top of that, this week is Open House until 7:30PM. I am currently the only teacher at my school who teaches zero period (without being compensated for the extra class), so I will start teaching at 7:30AM and not stop until 3:45. Then I have a 2 hour break (not enough time to leave) before Open House starts. Next week, I have another school function that will go until 8:00PM as well. On top of this, they want us to bring a dish for an Open House Potluck for the parents (which we can't attend since we have to be in our classrooms). I really do not want to go. My boyfriend is recommending that I just skip it. He says, what will they do? Fire you? However, I am nervous that they will give me a bad reference or fight my unemployment claim or something. What do you think? I don't want to be foolish over an extra 4 hours, but I don't want to be a doormat, either. I don't even know if the parents will notice if I am there. 2 years ago, only 3 parents showed up. Last year, many did, however. I just can't keep working these 12+ hour days when I'm trying to apply/interview for jobs. Please don't tell me to contact my union. There isn't one. I'm just looking for opinions/commiseration.