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Char checks her son’s backpack each day after school. Sometimes he brings home artwork. He is proud of his artwork. Char hangs it on the fridge. Other days he brings home samples of his writing. He also brings home short stories to read with his mom.
Last week Char found something new in her son’s backpack. It was a note about parent-teacher conferences. This made Char uneasy. School was never a pleasant place for her. She did not have fond memories of it, yet she knew how important a good education was for her son.
Char looked at the conference dates and times. None of the dates and times worked for her. “I guess it won’t work for me this time,” Char thought. She read the note further. It said, “If you are unable to attend any of the conference times listed, please call or email me, and I will be happy to meet with you at another time,” signed Ms. Carlson, first grade.
Char wanted her son’s school experience to be better than hers. She knew it was important to be active in her son’s education. So she called Ms. Carlson. The teacher was happy to meet with Char before school. They scheduled a conference for 7:15 am Friday morning.