Dear {insert parent name}

3 Mar

Dear {insert parent name}

You signed up for a conference with me, but should have signed up with{insert teacher name}. I have deleted your appointment with me because you can’t sign up with more than 1 teacher. Sorry about the confusion. It has been a confusing process for many people, including teachers.

I sent this message to a number of parents yesterday. Up until this Spring, each teacher has scheduled their own conferences through SignUpGenius. We created our own schedule, had a unique link and sent it to our parents.

For the first time ever, we are scheduling centrally using PTCFast. One of our administrators created the schedule and classes for each teacher. When parents enter the site, they have to click on their child’s teacher. Because we are a middle school, students have multiple teachers and most teams aren’t conferencing with the same group of kids we saw in  the Fall.  You can see the confusion.

Slowly but surely, the corrections are happening. There are still 10 days before conferences, so I anticipate that all the wrinkles will be ironed out before the first conference.

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12 Responses to “Dear {insert parent name}”

  1. normannoise March 3, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    Technology is amazing until it doesn’t work correctly. I hope everything gets sorted out as painlessly as possible. Kuddos for trying something new!

  2. Melanie Meehan March 3, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Good luck with that! It’s so easy to make mistakes with technology!

  3. Betsy Hubbard March 3, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Ugh, that’s frustrating. Hopefully, things get figured out.

  4. Emily Culbertson March 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    As I was scrolling down to post my slice link for today and saw a familiar basset hound. What a welcomed sight! I’m so glad to meet up with you here! Good luck with the techno difficulties. I hope it all turns out just swell!

  5. Lisa Corbett March 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    That sounds like a great system! I suppose everyone must show up for their appointment, having set it themselves. What do you do for families that don’t have access to the Internet?

    • Adrienne March 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

      This would have been an issue at my old school, where they still do things paper/pencil. I have been at this school for three years. It is in a more affluent neighborhood and they all have email addresses and internet access.

  6. arjeha March 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

    This is why I am glad that all of our parent conferences were scheduled through the Middle School office. Parents called and the secretaries, are we still allowed to call them that, would make the appointment and then we would get a list of who was coming when. We also met as a team so a parent could talk to all of their child’s teachers.

  7. Sally Donnelly March 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    Friday was a scheduled Parent/Teacher Conference day all day. Then Thursday night the wind arrived. Schools were closed. No conferences. Best made plans….
    Hope yours get sorted out and go on without a hitch.

    • Adrienne March 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Will you have to make them up another time?

  8. elsie March 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Why change something that worked? Oh well, I guess it will be better in the end, but how frustrating.

  9. Peg D March 3, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Our Middle and High School teachers set up in the gymnasium. As a parent you stand in line for the teachers you want to speak to. When both our boys were in High School at the same time I had ten lines to stand in. Some went faster than others, but I was usually done in 90 minutes. With only one in school, I was one of the first parents in, and I was done in about a half hour. Hope you get things worked out.

  10. shaggerspicchu March 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    ooouf, that sounds very confusing. I hope it all gets worked out soon! So happy to be back reading your slices again 😀

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