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I know someone posted about advice to teachers from parents but I was also wondering if any teachers have advice to us parents.


@odieowner:


We can try to help resolve cafeteria issues, but it's best if you call or email the cafeteria manager.  (Side note:  If you send cash with your kid for lunches watch his/her cafeteria account!  I don't like to be negative, but I don't like adults taking advantage of kids either.)





@Pi:


Are you saying parents and teachers have been known to use your childs account number to eat?????


Jul 27, 2012 - 01:26 pm
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Are you saying parents and teachers have been known to use your childs account number to eat?????


@Burnsway:

No, I've not heard of that happening.  I just know parents should check to make sure the cash they send to school actually gets deposited correctly into the child's account.

Jul 27, 2012 - 01:28 pm
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I think it is more of a human error.  There are so many kids who have accounts that I am sure it's bound to happen.

Jul 27, 2012 - 01:34 pm
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PLEASE be mindful of the district's policy on medications. NEVER send ANYTHING to school with your children, including cough drops.  This may result in disciplinary action. This includes inhalers, prescriptions and otc oral or topical medications.  We do not have ANY meds to distribute to your child.  Also, here's a tip: If you have a child that may need a Tylenol, Benadryl or the like at anytime throughout the year, make sure you supply some in it's original container to the school nurse and fill out the proper forms prior to the start of school. This will eliminate the need for you to leave work or home to bring your child something for a headache or allergies.Have a great school year all !!!

Jul 29, 2012 - 07:42 pm
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1)I like Pi's saying of do not use the excuse that "I was never good in math, so I can see why .......isn't good in math." 
PLEASE, math skills or a lack thereof ARE NOT hereditary!!!!!

2) Please understand that your child will get progress reports sent home regularly, so please do not blame the teacher if you were unaware of your child failing.  You can also check their grades on line...in most districts, they are up to the minute...  And, if you are wondering how your child is doing, call or (preferrably) e-mail the teacher and ask.  Some of us teachers have 150+ students, and it is very difficult to contact every single parent every time their child fails a test or something like that.

3)  Teachers (like me) DO make positive phone calls as well as the not so positive ones, so it would be great if a valid phone number is written on your child's information sheets. 

4)  If your child is in high school and comes home with NO homework - ever, and tells you they never get homework....they do get homework.  If you begin to wonder about this, contact the teacher, they will be able to tell you for sure. 

5) Positive feedback to the teacher is truly appreciated as well, just like you as parents appreciate positive things said about your child. 

6)  If you have an issue with the teacher, or something the teacher did, or a grade your child received....contact the teacher and give them an opportunity to explain what happened, or why your child got the grade they did...

7) BE INVOLVED with your child's education - even through high school!!  Just because they are in high school doesn't mean that they don't need guidance from you, support, praise, or even correction.  It will only help with their success in school! 

8)  GET your kids to bed at a DECENT hour!!!  Even if they are teenagers and in high school......there is NO way they can function properly when they are up till who knows what hour texting, facebook, watching t.v....etc... They really do need more than a few hours of sleep to be able to be successful.

Enjoy the fact that you as parents are counting down the days until your kids go back  to school ( a positive for many!)  and the fact that teachers are unfortunately counting down the days until summer "ends" for them - even if we/they did work many times throughout the summer....

Jul 29, 2012 - 08:02 pm
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As a former teacher, please sit down with your kids when they get home and go over homework with them.  

Do not do it for them, and don't banish them to the table alone to do their work.  Sit and help them out, review the material, and mostly chat with them.  You can learn a lot that goes on at school while sitting and chatting and doing homework

And in elementary school, getting homework done daily is the easiest way to make good grades.  Your child will be better prepared for the spelling tests, and not have the anxiety that comes with not being prepared.

I love that the teachers send emails.  

Jul 29, 2012 - 08:51 pm
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Wow!

@Pi-

Your classrooms have phones? Wow!!



At my school we are asked to not use e-mail to communicate, so keep that in mind, too.

I have to reiterate, please, please, please, don't do your child's homework or projects. By all means help your kids, but don't do it for your children


Don't forget to send school supplies to school at the beginning of the year (if you can). I usually only have 5 students bring supplies, and it gets expensive. As a nice gesture, if you can, ask teachers what may need to be replenished (school supplies) after the Holidays.

Teachers always need more tissue, soap, and pencils.


Jul 29, 2012 - 09:40 pm
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Your classrooms have phones? Wow!!


@grizfan:

We do!  Humble ISD is awesome this way.  We're encouraged to use email as well.   When I taught in Houston ISD we didn't have phones, projectors, TVs, anything in the classroom and they told us NOT to use email.   I had forgotten what it was like... sorry grizfan!  

Jul 29, 2012 - 10:11 pm
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Hey @topcat:   If you were a hot dog...and you were starving, would you eat yourself?



Jul 29, 2012 - 10:20 pm
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@Pi
It disturbs me that I actually carefully thought this answer out. Yes. Yes I would.

Jul 30, 2012 - 02:37 pm
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@Pi
It disturbs me that I actually carefully thought this answer out. Yes. Yes I would.

Jul 30, 2012 - 02:38 pm
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I usually have a direct line in to the teachers room.  As an active Parent who helps out during the school year, it's a definite bonus. 

Jul 30, 2012 - 03:34 pm
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I check the online grade system often !!!    I love it!!!!!   No surprises...   Except when the teachers and busy and can not post grades till the night before report card cut off....
 
My mom and sister are both teacher so I totally respect what you guys do !!!!


Jul 30, 2012 - 03:56 pm
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It disturbs me that I actually carefully thought this answer out. Yes. Yes I would.


@topcat:

I love Will Ferrell! 

Jul 30, 2012 - 03:57 pm
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