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Fback-to-school-night_1.gifall is the time for Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences.   You may be wondering what to expect at these events.  At most schools, you will get a chance to walk your child’s schedule and meet with each teacher for 10-15 minutes, usually as a group.   This is a great opportunity for your child to show you what they do each day.  As a parent, it is also a great time to meet and establish a working relationship with each of your child’s teachers.  So, what should you do to get the most out of those valuable 15 minutes?

1.       Introduce yourself and let the teacher know about your child.  Many times, the conferences at the beginning of the year are group conferences with a bit of time afterwards to talk with the teacher.  Make sure the teacher knows who you are and who your student is.

2.       Try to get an idea of the teacher’s expectations for the class.  Make sure that your student has all of the necessary supplies and resources to meet those expectations.

3.       Check in to ensure that your student is participating and doing their best work.  Ask to see samples of work your child has done so far.  Seeing completed and graded assignments is the best way to understand whether your student is meeting classroom expectations.

4.       If there is an abbreviation or piece of educational jargon that is used that you don’t understand, feel free to ask for clarification.

5.       See if there is anything that the teacher needs for the classroom or any way that you can help.  This is a way to ease the burden on the teacher and develop a good relationship with him or her.  Often teachers have a great need for supplies and volunteers for their classrooms and having parents help out can make the classroom environment better for everyone.

And if you leave feeling like you still have questions or concerns, remember parent conference night is not the only time to talk with teachers.  Parents should contact teachers regularly to check in on their child and see what they can do to help.  It is beneficial to already know your child’s teacher well should a problem ever arise later in the school year.

This week Spotsylvania County has Back to School nights for elementary school on Tuesday 9/23, high school on Wednesday 9/24, and middle School on Thursday  9/25.  In Fredericksburg City, Walker Grant’s Back to School Night was Wednesday 9/17, James Monroe Thursday 9/18, and Hugh Mercer is Thursday 9/25.

-Nina Parrish, M.Ed.

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About Nina

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Nina Parrish graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from the University of Mary Washington, she received the Project PISCES scholarship to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she completed her certification in Special Education for K-12 students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a Master's Degree in Education for School Counseling in grades Pre K-12 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina taught in the public schools in North Carolina and Virginia for 7 years. Nina currently owns, Parrish Learning Zone, a K-12 local tutoring service with her husband Jay, who is also a teacher. They live in Spotsylvania with their daughter.


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Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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