When is your Back-to-School Night?

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  1. IEDUK8

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    Hi all,

    I'm curious when your school has its Back-to-School (AKA Curriculum AKA Open House) night?

    Ours is a week or so after school starts. While it has SOME advantages (e.g., we don't have to RUSH to get everything ready for it), it has some disadvantages: (e.g., by the time we have it, kids have been in class and most families know the procedures, etc.)

    I think I'd love to have it BEFORE school started so the families actually know the procedures. Sadly, our district doesn't share my views. :)

    Just wondering when you have yours.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Lynn K.

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    We have a meet the teacher day the Sunday before school starts. Students and parents come and, well, meet the teacher, drop off supplies and talk with friends.

    Open House for parents only is about two weeks into school. Like you, we have already been in school, so parents know procedures. But it is a good time to explain what the kids have been saying and clarify expectations. I also use this time to remind parents who haven't done it to return the Homework Policy and Behavior Plan. Every once in a while, I have a parent who has no idea what I'm talking about!:dizzy: :rolleyes:
     
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    The third Thursday of school we have a Meet-the-Teacher/Curriculum Night/Community BBQ.
     
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    Our Meet the Teacher is August 19th and our Open House is usually in mid to late September. During open house I clarify some of the procedures and highlight some of the curriculum we will focus on during the year. The students tell me their favorite part of open house is practicing the Countdown to Blastoff song just before they give a tour to their parents.
     
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    Our open house is 6 days after we start up. We don't do any meet the teacher nights before then that I'm aware of anyways!
     
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    Ours is September 8th and we start school on August 22nd.
     
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    Ours is after school begins as well. I prefer this to before starting school. I teach all my procedures to the kids instead of having parents pass along information (sometimes there are misunderstandings).

    Usually, we spend this night going over our expectations, introducing forms parents will see, talking about our curriculum, etc. Just a little on our behavior plan as they usually know this.
     
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    OUr PTO Pres is a hurricane. She has organized a before school starts night and gotten all the supplies each child needs for school donated. We just go up and collect them that night.
     
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    Our Back to School Night is usually about three weeks into the school year. We get 12 minutes for each period--it's a challenge to say all I want to, but I've honed my performance over the years.
     
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    Our Back To School night is the Wednesday before school starts. We have an Open House night a few weeks into the school year.
     
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    Ours is usually the night of the first day of school. The district likes to have it the first week of school so that it doesn't turn into parent conferences.
     
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    We start school on Aug. 22nd, and our Open House is mid September. I can't remember the exact date. We always want more than just 2 a year because our school is on an accelerated block. We get new kids every nine weeks!
     
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    We have a Meet the Teacher day 2 days before school starts. Our students find out then who their teacher is, meet the teacher, and drop off supplies if they bring them. It's a nice chance to get to meet the parents briefly. We then have a Back to School night for parents about a month or so into school and we explain procedures things going on in school, and answer questions.
     
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    We have a 2 hour orientation for students the day before school starts. Our Parent Orientation is the Thursday of the next week. All of our teachers give presentations to the parents of the students they teach, so the specialist teachers (music, for example) will talk to 9 different groups of parents that evening. Classroom teachers have approximately 50 minutes for their part, which includes curriculum expectations, procedures, and questions.
     

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