For whatever reason, my kids’ school has an extremely inefficient method of signing up for conferences. Conferences which are almost 2 months away I might add.
Yesterday was my kids’ back to school night (yep, a month after school has started). This was me:
Enter 1st grade room. Start to look at Marvel Girl’s work, then I realize “Oh no! I have to sign up for conferences.” Run over to the conference sing up and write name for Monday at 5:55.
Run to the other side of the building. Go to 4th grade room. Push past parents and rudely insert my name on the last Monday evening time slot. A parent I pushed past moaned since I took the slot she needed. Realized I’m actually friends with this parent. Also realized it was for Monday at 5:55. The exact. same. time. as other conference. Tell her she can have the slot (act like I’m doing her a favor, when in reality I can’t be 2 places at once). Take a time slot for Tuesday at 5:55. Tell another friend to let The Flash know that I really am going to come back and see his classroom!
Run back to 1st grade. See that time slots right before and right after the 5:55 time slot are already taken. Write down name in closest time slot available (6:45). Tell husband and Marvel Girl I’m going to 4th grade.
Run back to 4th grade. Check times again to make sure they don’t overlap. Put into the calendar. Realize husband can doubtfully sit at the school for 1.5 hours without writhing in pain. Complain to 4th grade teacher. Complain to parents around me. Complain via email to others.
Back to school night over. I leave having only been stressed out and with upset kids since I couldn’t concentrate on the “tours” they were supposed to lead me on. I haven’t socialized with my friends; in fact, I’ve been quite rude to them. And I haven’t spoken to the kids’ teachers.
The school where I work has a staff meeting in which conferences with interpreters are set up. Then sibling families are set up back to back. Then families with one kiddo are inserted into left over slots. It seems to work well. Please tell me that most schools have more efficient conference scheduling that my kids’!