A meeting for new parents to the school, held soon after the school year begins, can be a very productive experience for everyone. The time can be used to discuss important aspects of your school, share your expectations for the school and the year ahead, and answer questions.
Many of us who have used this idea send out special invitations to parents during the first days of school. I have found that including an RSVP request helped me know how many parents were coming so that materials could be prepared in sufficient quantities.
I always invited the PTA president to attend this meeting too. He or she would present information about the organization and share ways in which parents might participate. (Sometimes the president even recruited a few new committee members!) I also invited the guidance counselor, nurse, attendance clerk, and media specialist to visit the meeting to share ideas and answer questions.
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