Day 14 (of 184) a morning-meet-the-teacher
Nights are tricky. They really are. Especially in a learning community in which families can be stretched between three schools (as our family is with one in a K-5, another in a middle school and the eldest in secondary). And of course….’meet the teacher’ times are all at the same time (as are winter concerts, spring plays, year end assemblies etc etc etc).
So….last year we started a ‘new tradition’ that seems to be working better and better: a morning mingle.
Coffee is ready early. Muffins croissants fruit and other breakfast-y treats are ready. And of course the rain comes so instead of starting outside, we start in the gym.
But…we did have a great turnout. Parents stopping by on their way to work (the joy of being a highway-school) and making some connections with new families and new teachers. There is always the question: why not at night.
And I have a couple of key reasons that connect with our learning community:
- we are a highway school, and night time isn’t the best driving time. We have some members who have poor night vision and when the weather gets nasty, it can get very icy – especially in december.
- we are a K-5 school, so any ‘end’ time needs to be cognizant of ‘get the kids home and get to bed time’ which means that our ‘start time’ still comes in conflict with families “end of day at work and then drive home and then to the school” time. Sometimes asking to ‘come into work late’ is a lot easier than ‘I need to leave early’.
- it helps avoid a lot of conflicts with a variety of events – not just our family of schools events all being planned for the same timeframe, but also wind-up/social events for the community programs that our families are involved in.
So to have a ‘morning mingle’ definitely helps keep things relaxed and informal. Proper student/parent/teacher meetings can always be arranged at a more private time.
But I admit…I do like evening events….maybe because I grew up in an education household and I would go up to the school(s) at night while my father did some work – I like the eerie feeling of being in a school ‘after hours’. It’s just different. But just because “I” like something, does not mean that its a good fit for the learning community I am working with.
It was great to see so many parents students and staff mingling and connecting and chatting as part of a larger learning community! Wonder what the next “morning event” will bring!