Most schools host a Back To School Night every Fall. While I enjoy and look forward to Back To School Night every year, I know many parents who choose to skip this yearly tradition. While they certainly hold their child’s education in the high regard that I do, I feel very strongly that each and every parent should attend Back To School Night at their child’s school. This article will discuss the many advantages and benefits of attending Back To School Night at your child’s school.
Board Of Education Members Are Introduced. The board of education members at your child’s school have a great responsibility in making decisions that your child’s education and opportunities that are made available throughout the new school year. Back To School Night is a wonderful opportunity to introduce and familiarize yourself with these parents and teachers that have such an influence upon your child’s school life.
Meeting The Principal Of Your Child’s School. Being called down to the Principal’s office for a meeting concerning an alleged misdeed of your child is not the ideal time to meet the principal of your child’s school. Back To School Night is an excellent opportunity to listen to the principal address the parents and say a quick hello and shake hands. Although time is limited and a long and involved conservation is probably not possible, it will increase your comfort level to have a quick word with the individual in charge of your child’s school, no matter how brief it may be.
Meeting Your Child’s Teacher. Back To School Night is often held after school has been in session for a few weeks. Now is the perfect time to introduce yourself with the teacher you have heard so much about. Letting your child’s teacher meet you and making the first steps toward an open and friendly relationship only benefits your child during the school year. Parent teacher conferences are typically held later in the year and will be that much more comfortable for yourself and the teacher if an initial meeting has already taken place.
Being Made Aware Of Your Child’s Teacher’s Goals And Objectives For The Year. Your child’s teacher will generally give a talk to the parents of what their individual goals and objectives for the year are. Classroom guidelines are often discussed as well as weekly class schedules and upcoming events. The more information you have about your child’s responsibilities and requirements for a successful school year, the greater support and assistance you can offer.
Volunteering Opportunities Are Often Discussed And Arranged. Would you like to sign up to be a classroom mother or otherwise volunteer your time to your child’s school? Sign up information and volunteer sheets are often made available on Back To School Night. These opportunities are often conducted on a first come, first serve basis. Skipping Back To School Night may mean that you miss your opportunity to integrate yourself as much as you would like in your child’s school experience.
Meeting Your Child’s Classmates’ Parents. Every school year brings a new set of classmates and also a new set of classmates’ parents. You will certainly be spending a certain amount of time with these new parents at birthday parties and school functions during the school year. Introducing yourself and making small talk on Back To School Night makes future meetings that much more comfortable for all.
Letting Your Child Know Their Education Is Important To You. Being involved in your child’s education sends them the message that you are interested, concerned and only want what’s best for them scholastically. Attending Back To School Night sends them the message that you consider their education to be a top priority for the entire family.