- 5 years ago
It all started before school started. We had a “Welcome To School” night where all the kindergarden parents from all the classes got to meet the teacher. Each teacher sat at a table in the cafateria with a setup of parent information about that child’s class
I showed up 15 minutes early and was the first in line! I walked up an introduced myself and answered all her questions. I was so happy to meet her. She asked me if I would want to volenteer in her class, and handed me a parent sign up sheet. I signed up, stating that I could work every day for the whole period if she needed as I am totally free mornings and can help whenever! She looked thrilled and asked me if I had any experence with children. I told her I used to teach preschool and was excited at the idea of working around children again.
The first days of school passed and I heard nothing from her. I figured that she was getting used to the new kids and working a new routine. On the first friday, I see what I assumed was an aide leaving and waiving goodbye durring pickup time. I see this lady everyday when I drop off my son for lunch. The teacher waves to her and shouts “You’re one of my best parent volenteers ever! I’m glad I’ll have you this year!”
I wanted to ask if she still needed me, but I thought then wasn’t the best time. On Monday I came 10 minutes early and asked her if she still needed parent helpers. She said that she was “Still getting things together and would get back to me”. I offered to make copies in the office or do anything that she needed. It didn’t have to be in the classroom if that’s not what she needed. She said she’s keep that in mind and get back to me.
Another week passed and I see a lot of new faces in Alex’s class. I recognize them as parents. I said nothing. I happened to come in late with my son and counted his classmates-he had 33! That seemed high to me. I asked his teacher if he always had 33 and if that’s normal. She said that she has had that many kids all year and I sould call the district office if I wanted more info on it. So I did
I get referred to the assistent superintendent, who gives me this crazy canned speech about legal limits being 26 and their doinf all they can and the principal will follow up with me in 2 weeks. I wan’t expecting that-I just honestly wanted to know if 33 was normal for a Kindergarden class, as the morning class always seemed much smaller.
Well, sence then the teacher has been flat out ignoring me. I finally corner her after school and asked her again, in my super nice voice “Do you think you might need help at all? Running copies off or maybe need some healthy snacks I could pick up for you? Do you need any materials?” I just want to be involved in SOME way –any way– even if it’s only my money that she would take :/
She tells me that she has enough helpers, that they get a grant for a healthy snack and it’s provided by the school every day and she has enough materials for her classroom as well as enough time to make photocopies.
I’m just so hurt. All I wanted was to be a part of his class in some way–any way– and it’s clear she just doesn’t want my help. The principal called me yesterday and “followed up” about the overcroweding and said they were hiring a new teacher, but my son’s not on the list. I ask her if she might need any help at lunchtime, or in the office as a parent volenteer and she said they always do, but “Check with Mrs. (teacher) I know she always loves parent helpers-the more the merrier!”
What did I do? What do I do now?