Too early to start contacting parents/students?

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  1. kimrandy1

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    It really is sweet, and it's why I continue to do it. It's a lot of work (I have 40 students, and I hand write all of them so that they are slightly more personal), but it pays off big time in the kids' enjoyment of school, and easing that transition from home to school. I teach PreK.
     
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    At the school I work at we are not to inform the parents of the class lists until the list is posted on Friday afternoon the week before the school year starts. If a teacher informed parents beforehand it would not be considered ok.
     
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    I got my list super early this year. We normally don't get them until the day of meet the teacher. I'll probably wait until teachers go back for pre-planning before I contact parents/students.
     
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    Parents in my district can request a teacher beginning in mid-May, the teachers then make their lists together following any requests. Then we meet with the teachers for the next year.

    I had my list for fall in mid-June. The parents were notified through end of the year report cards (i.e. your child has been promoted to second grade and your child's teacher will be ____).

    I will send my letter to parents and my welcome letter to students the first or second week of August. Although the parents got a supply list with their end of the year report card, I always send an extra one. Our supply list for each teacher is also posted on the school website.
     
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    Sophie--do you tend to honour all parent requests?
     
  6. lemonhead

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    This is so sad to me. I think it makes it harder on the parents. Do people have issues with this or is it just the norm?
     
  7. Sarge

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    Actually, people pretty much accept it as far as I know. I mean, a child with a sibling at another school will get priority for placement, however if everything is full, everything is full.
     
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    That's interesting. See right now we are in limbo of hiring another kinder teacher. They won't hire until the week before school starts or until we get 5 more enrollees.

    I think part of the issue for us is we have neighborhood schools and not very many of the elementaries have busses. These kids who would have to be moved would have a 2 mile travel in many cases or have to cross a major road. If they are 2 plus miles or need to cross a major road, they need to be bussed.
     
  9. kimrandy1

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    Here, if everything is full, they just add another kid to your class anyway!

    Seriously, we don't have caps on class sizes. We have "recommended ratios" but we aren't required to stick to them, and we often don't. My own daughter attends our school and it is predicted that we'll have 31 kids in her 5th grade class next year, and our first grades are at 27 each (3 sections of them). The dude from the board of ed who explained this to parents at school said the ratios are a "county-wide average." So, if another school has only 16 first graders per class, and we have 26, we're still within the recommended ration of 22 students per class.

    Oh, and until just this year, when determining student/teacher ratios, they used all teachers in the buidling and divided that # by the # of kids, including the speech pathologist, the librarian, the art teacher, the reading specialist, etc.

    Kim
     

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