So even though it is a bit nerve racking for me, I really rather enjoy the night because I come away with a better sense of who the students are and start to build a relationship with the family. Also this year California Pizza Kitchen is donating food for us! So we get snacks which makes everything better.
I always start by having the kids write a letter to their parents about what they've been learning. When the parents come in they read the letter, and respond to their child.
Last year, even though I didn't have a projector I made a powerpoint. I felt it helped keep me on topic and focused. I made a generic one for you, my lovely readers, if you are in the market for a back to school night power point. You can add text boxes to add your own information. Even if you don't use it maybe it will give you some ideas about what to include. It's Free!
I read on a few blogs about doing a supply garden, where you write supplies on flower post-it notes and parents can take one if they want to purchase those supplies for you. I think I'll do that this year.
Finally I have the parents write on an index card if there is anything special they want me to know about their child.
What has worked for you guys? Anything I must do this year?