Meet the Teacher Night

Every year, on the Thursday before the new school year begins, the kids get to meet their new teachers. I have no clue if this is how it is done at other elementary (primary) schools in other cities, states or countries. I don’t even recall if I met my teachers before the first day of school when I was in elementary school.

But here in San Antonio, we have Meet the Teacher night. This is a two-hour drop in time where you can bring your school supplies to the classroom and well…meet your new teacher.

And it is this Thursday!

Wow! The summer has flown by! (Actually today, we should get a call from each kids’ teacher letting us know who their teacher is. We will be staying close to the phone, anxiously waiting to find out who they have this year.)

IMG_2752I remember always being a little nervous and excited on the first day of school. Some of those nerves are relieved by Meet the Teacher night. Now the kids know where their classroom is and often where they are going to be sitting. They have met their teacher and had a chance to find out who else is in their class.

Often the teachers have forms for the parents to fill out while the kids put away their supplies or follow some sort of instructions to orient them to the room and rules.

But in addition to meeting their teacher, this is the time to buy agenda books for the older grades, sign up for the PTA, buy spirit shirts and put money into the kids’ cafeteria accounts.

Two of those activities – PTA memberships and Spirit Shirts – are the responsibility of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for which I am the treasurer. So as you can imagine, this is a busy time for us. It is actually the day we sell the most merchandise and sign up the majority of our members.

This means I have to split my duties between taking the kids to see their teacher and my PTA duties. As treasurer, most of my time actually comes at the end of the night when we count up all the money. But there is always setting up before the evening starts too.

There is a lot of work involved, but right now I don’t care about that. I am just waiting for the phone to ring. We want to know which teachers they will have next Monday. Wow! Can’t believe their first day is just a week away.

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2 thoughts on “Meet the Teacher Night

  1. Joan Lindgren says:

    We never had this when I was growing up, I think it’s fantastic. Makes the first day not so intimidating.

  2. sjhigbee says:

    This is an interesting way of doing things! This side of the Atlantic, the children don’t go back until the first week in September, but they spend a half day with their new teacher in their new class before they break up for the summer. It really helps assuage that first day anxiety, doesn’t it?

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