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    If you feed them, they will come!
    By KellyTeachTX

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    Our school always has a "Meet The Teacher" night a couple of days before the first day of school.
    It's school-wide, and there is no set schedule. The parents just come and go as they need to. That way, they can visit the teachers for ALL their children. We run ours from 3:30-7:00 with supper served around 6:00.

    It's VERY well-attended, especially when we have Hot Dogs or Pizza in the cafeteria for a nominal fee. They can come, meet their teachers, see their school, and then go by the cafeteria for supper. The teacher's husbands and the coaches are usually the ones serving, and the kids/parents get a KICK outta THAT! The teacher's husbands have name tags so the kids get to see which husband goes with their teacher.

    Also at this Meet The Teacher Night, our PTO/PTA sells PACKAGED school supplies so the parents can buy all the supplies needed for class for around $25...depending upon the grade level. Then, since all the supplies are shrink-wrapped, they take them to their teacher's class, set them on their child's desk during Meet the Teacher Night. I write their name on the big package and we take a few minutes on the first day of school to write names on specific supplies.

    The parents LOVE this and just about EVERY kid has their supplies on the first day of school...AND they're what the teacher actually ASKED for. :)

    We ALSO have an Open House about 12 weeks after school starts. Then, there's three or four "Academic Nights" when the student can earn extra points in specific subjects for attending and bringing their parents.

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