What if I accidentally dial the wrong number? What if I call at an inconvenient time? What if I call someone at work and they get in trouble with their boss? When I'm faced with making a call, I will sometimes sit and think about all the things that could go wrong for minutes. Minutes. Finally, I type the number into my phone. And, I sit there and stress some more. Finally, I force myself to hit the call button because then there's no turning back.
And, almost always, it all works out fine. Then, I start to wonder why I was even so stressed in the first place. Even when I'm calling about something that's less than positive, parents always seem grateful that I've called. I tell myself I won't stress out so much the next time, but I still do.
This year, I've decided to do something about this.
Behold, the parent info sheet that I'll be sending home with students with their syllabus.
Then, I want to give parents/guardians a space to let me know anything else they feel is pertinent about their student. Since students will be returning these, I am giving them the option to contact me via school phone or e-mail to discuss.
The back of the information sheet has some other stuff I need to get out of the way: proof of reading the syllabus and permission slip for my grad school project.
I am SOOOOO ready to have this grad school project and my master's degree done! I'm currently scheduled to finish in March!
I guess there is always the concern that students will fill this out instead of their parents. But, I'm not sure there is anything I can do about that. When I do call parents, I think it will be very clear if they have read the syllabus and understand my class policies. If they are unaware of what is going on, we can discuss the possibility that their student forged their signature. I really, really, really hope I don't have to deal with this.
Want to modify this to use in your own classroom? I've uploaded the Publisher file here. You'll need to download the free font, ChunkFive Roman.