Acing Back to School Nights

August 24, 2015

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from UrbanSitter.

In homes across Marin, parents are preparing to attend back to school events at their child’s school. The evening is a chance for parents to meet their child’s teachers and fellow parents, and find out about the class plans for the year. Here are helpful tips for making the most of the evening.

Find a sitter to cover for you. You wouldn’t want to miss out on seeing your child’s classroom or meeting their teacher, so find a babysitter in advance. UrbanSitter is an easy way to find, book, and pay a sitter online—and you can even find local sitters who have been reviewed and hired by other parents from your child’s school!Introduce yourself to the teacher. Even if you’ve already met, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to say hello and introduce yourself as the parent of a student they’re just getting to know. Every other parent in the room will be waiting to say hello, too, so keep it brief.

Save your questions for later. Unless there’s a lot of time for Q&A, you should ask your questions when the teacher has more time to respond. They likely have a big agenda for the night and lots to include in a short period of time. Send an email when you get home, instead.

Don’t overcommit. Lots of school staff will likely be looking for your help. As much as you want to support your child’s education, refrain from committing to more than your schedule can handle. If you overcommit, the year will quickly become a burdensome blur.

Volunteer for jobs you really want to do. You’ll get a lot more out of your volunteer time and have a lot more to give if you choose opportunities that appeal to you and your skills.

Leave your child a note. Put it in their desk to let them know how much you like the room, how nice the teacher is and how proud you are of their “All About Me” collage.

Consider being the class photographer. If you’re the parent with a camera permanently strung around their neck, you’ll likely be taking a lot of pictures to document your child’s school year. Offer to share your photos with the teacher and class.

Remember that it’s not social hour. It’s easy to get caught up reconnecting with parents you haven’t seen in awhile, but don’t miss out on the presentation or tour. Do track down the parents of your child’s new friends, and trade numbers.

Learning as much as you can about your child’s class is a wonderful way to start the school year right. Let UrbanSitter help you get there: visit urbansitter.com/promo/summer for a $50 credit when you hire your first UrbanSitter by September 30, 2015! Book a babysitter and enjoy your child’s back to school event. You’ll be glad you attended.

These Marin sitters all have weeknight availability, and are ready for back-to-school:

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