Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet the Teacher Night!

This past Tuesday was my 'Meet the Teacher' night...
I can stand in front of a room and kinders and 'put on my show' day in and day out, but when it comes to a room of adults, my nerves take over!

So I try to prep everything ahead of time so I am super prepared!

This year, instead of my traditional packet, I went for a 'flip book' style handout.  It did not take long to prep and was very easy for parents to follow along during my presentation!


I minimized handouts I always give out to put on the backs of some of the pages to help save paper and keep everything neatly contained!

I had taken pictures of each of my kids on the first day of school holding a sign that stated: 'First Day of Kindergarten,' the date and the year they graduate!
So I printed/glued each picture to the front of a clothespin and glued a magnet to the back of the clothespin.

I typed up and printed this little 'poem'
and put it in each clothespin.

I told parents they can use the clothespin magnets to hold the informational flipbook and/or work that comes home throughout the year!

Another parent 'gift' was this M&M poem I created:

These were a hit!

So when each parent came in, this is what they found at their child's seat (which was easy to find because of the picture magnets!):


That morning, for morning work, I had my kinders color the bear printable and draw mom/dad a picture.  It reads: 'It 'mint' a whole lot to me and my teachers that you came tonight!' and I taped a starburst mint to each paw!

New this year were my contact list, parent/teacher conference sign up and parent volunteer sign up boards:
In the past I had parents fill out a contact slip and I would then compile them.  This year I had them sign up (if they wanted) and will copy/send home the list they filled out as the contact list- no compiling/typing for me!

I also had parents indicated a time frame that works best for conferences to minimize rescheduling!

Since we don't have teaching assistants this year (they were cut due to budget cuts) I also asked for parents who are willing to come in 1x/week to assist with centers.

To 'thank' them for coming/volunteering I had a raffle and some candy!
After signing in, they filled out a raffle ticket to try and win a gift certificate...
 ...and grabbed a sweet treat!

I usually do a 'giving tree' but for some reason it is always overlooked and I have parents mention days later that they forgot to pick something!

So this year I came up with something that was sure to grab their attention:


And it worked!  I had so many superheroes removed that night!

You can find the sign, programmed tags and editable tags HERE!

You can find the magnet poem, M&M poem and bear printable for FREE HERE!
I wish you a successful night and hope the goodies help make a very stressful night less stressful!

I know I rambled and I forgot many things I wanted to mention, but overall it was a successful night!

Until next post,
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29 comments:

  1. Cute ideas, would you please share the Bear printable, thanks.

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    1. Hi Ellen-
      I am working on getting it up. I had a computer crash, so I have had to re-make everything! Thanks for understanding!

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  2. Super great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Are these on tpt? I need the flip book & first day magnet poem!!!! :)

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    1. Hi Diana-
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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  4. I looked on your TPT account and couldn't find these. Please let me know Chacker@sixmilecharter.org Thanks !

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    1. Hi Carolyn,
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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  5. I would love to have a copy of these for our backpack night! I really want the flip book, superheroes giving, and the first day magnet! Do you have copies that I could get? jgreene@emsd37.org

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    2. Hi
      Jennifer- I had a computer crash so I am working on re-making everything! Here is the superhero cape https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208
      Thanks for asking!

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  6. I love these ideas where do I find a copy of them? Jakec98@windstream.net The superhero giving cape would help to complete my room. thank you Shari

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    1. Hi Shari-
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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    2. I finished the superhero cape! You can find it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208

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  7. I am also loving the superhero giving cape. Where can I get those tages? Thanks so much. powe@lesd.k12.az.us

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    1. Hi Dianne-
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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    2. Here is the cape! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208

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  8. Where can we get the giving cape printables? Thanks

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    1. Hi Breana-
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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    2. Here is the file for the cape: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208

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  9. I NEED Your Giving Cape cards!!!! Please tell me where I can purchase these!

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    1. Hi Jeremy-
      My computer crashed last October and I lost all of my files. I am in the process of making everything again. Sorry I don't have a place to direct you right now!

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    2. Hi Jeremy- I was able to get them completed! Here they are: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208

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    3. Hi Jeremy- I was able to get them completed! Here they are: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-House-Supply-Donation-2035208

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  10. I don't know why I'm coming up as Jeremy and Rebecca. That is my husband and sister. I don't know how to change it...lol

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  11. Can I get a copy of your forms for parents? I love the contact form. Love the idea of copying it. Get tired of typing that one! lol

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  12. Do you have the directions for the flip or is it for sale on your teacher pay teacher account. I would like to use something like that for my back to school night. I looked on TPT but couldn't find it.
    Thanks,
    Lori

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