A letter to my kid’s new teacher:
Dear New Teacher,
Welcome back to a school year that is destined to be filled with fun, appreciation and an overall awesome time.
Okay. Maybe I’m just describing the first day back to school for me after I dropped my fourth-grader off. I’m not sure.
What I am sure of is that my fourth-grader will talk at times she isn’t supposed to, that the social lives of fourth-graders may derail your lessons plans and that it may get even harder for you to motivate yourself to get to school in the mornings than it is for me to get her there.
With all that in mind, know early on that I appreciate you taking on the not-so-quiet storm that is my child for a few hours.
I appreciate you not taking it out on the kids that you don’t get paid for the many roles you may play during the school year, including mediator, secret keeper, counselor, superhero and, at times, the villain.
I hope that you’re just as invested in my child’s future as I am. I’ve got to tell you; the price is pretty high after all this time. I do hear the future payouts are worth it, though.
It is my goal to help you as much as I can. While I may not be able (or want) to commit to every field trip, I’m sure we can work something out when it comes to snacks, Kleenex and class parties. Maybe a couple dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts in exchange for skipping my name on the chaperone list a time or two. Or a nice Christmas gift for booking the free field trip instead of the $24 option.
Just something to think about.
For what it’s worth, I look forward to picking my kid up in the future and hearing about the awesome day she had and the many new things she learned. I look forward to hanging new art work around the house, posting academic achievement awards and covering up the calorie chart on the refrigerator with exemplary grades from tests and class assignments.
Most of all, I look forward to getting work done without being called every five minutes. Being able to accomplish more than half of my to-do list both effectively and efficiently.
I even look forward to taking some much-needed down time.
Or maybe even a nap.
Either way, I already appreciate all that you’ll do.
I’m Just Saying.