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10 Things Your School Secretary is Thinking

10 Things Your School Secretary is Thinking

How many Back-to-School posts have you read this week?  Guess what, here is one more!  But this one is different; this one is from the other side.  The dark side.

I was an elementary school secretary for many years.  Here is my side of the story:

1) Going back to school means back to work for us. We haven’t been sitting there all summer getting everything ready, so please do be patient with us as we get settled in to the new year right along with you.  Especially if your child attends a Year Round school.  Year Round Schools usually only have less than a week to end one school year and start a new one.

2) When filling out school paperwork, please don’t skip questions. You may think they are not important, but, we wouldn’t send it home if it wasn’t important.

3) We wish all the forms were available online also!

4) If your child needs medications or has extreme allergies please, please, please tell us that right from the get go. We can’t read your mind and we want to be prepared for anything that may occur.

5) Back-to-School night is IMPORTANT!  It is your chance to meet the teacher and find out what is expected of you and your child that year. And later in the year Open House is just as important to see how your child has progressed throughout the year.

6) The PTA is not lame. It is also not cool. But it is important. Especially with the extreme budget cuts, the schools need all the volunteers it can get. If you work a 9-5 and can’t help in the classroom, maybe you can be a help by making phone calls to remind parents of field trips or doing data entry or entering grades. Every grade level, every school needs help from the parents.

7) Fundraisers also are not lame or a pain in the ass.  Ok maybe they are a pain, but they are very important as well.

8) When scheduling a parent teacher conference remember your teacher is working during the day as well. Don’t expect them to schedule around your work schedule and meet you “after work”.  It is your child you are discussing, you need to be flexible.

9) We love your children, we really do. But please don’t tell us your child “never lies” or “would never do ‘that’”.   Nobody’s child is perfect.

10) Yes, we are counting the days to the next break.  Sorry, but it is true.

Adrienne can be found counting the dust bunnies over at Adrienne’s House.  Feel free to come on over and put your feet up on the coffee table.

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  1. Deborah Stambler 12 September, 2011 at 08:27 Reply

    I love school secretaries. They know everything going on. They work hard. I go out of my way to ask how they’re doing. Think of them as the glue that holds the school together.

    Thanks for the flip side of back to school Adrienne!

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