At the beginning of every school year, I would always make myself acquainted with my boys teachers, I still do this with my youngest son. By working in a neighboring school district, most years the “meet the teacher” night fell on the same night, so attending my sons was impossible. I would make my initial contact via email. I would send a greeting, introducing myself and passing along my contact information, including my cell and office phone numbers and email addresses, and give permission for them to contact me when necessary. When my boys where very young, I would let teachers in on some tidbits that would make getting to know my child easier. For my middle son, Id explain how shy he was and that asking for direct eye contact from him would probably lead to a melt down that could land her in the “mama i don’t like her” category. I would usually just ask for mercy for my oldest and youngest because, just like their mother, they sometimes talk too much. I would end the email by welcoming each teacher to my son’s learning team and wish each a happy school year.
That contact usually set the tone for the year. I let teachers know that my children had at home support and I was reachable and that we were all in this together!
My advice… make contact with the teachers, be a visible presence when ever possible.
#BeAwesome #Be Involved