Saturday, February 27, 2016

dear parent.

Dear parent- there are so many things I wish I could tell you that just don't fit in a parent conference or are appropriate for school function small talk. I want you to know that I love your child more than I thought I could. He has this way about him that is special and unique and I know there is none like him. I want you to know that I would give my life for you child. She has the world in front of her and there is so much yet to be discovered.

Dear parent- thank you for supporting my obsession to paste all great things into your child's math journal. I know you didn't anticipate needing 30 glue sticks this year, but we are foldable fanatics and loving it!

Dear parent- your child is the one I think about in the middle of the night and on a still Saturday morning. Your child is so important to me and my mind never stops running with new ideas and ways to reach your child. I want so badly for your child to succeed, but even more than that, I want your child to know that his identity is not in his performance. I want your child to know he is loved and accepted and enough. I want your child to leave my classroom with the confidence that there is nothing he can't do. I dream to see your child walk across the stage on graduation day and read about his achievements in the newspaper. I think of what she will be one day and how she can change the world with her love for others.

Dear parent- I want you to know that you play such a key role in your child's life. Even when you think they are not looking, they most definitely are. Please set an example for them on what it means to be honest, devoted and true. Let them know that there are troubles in this world, but to take heart. Show them how to treat your best friend and your elders. Teach them respect and how to lend to a neighbor. Oh, dear parent, how our classrooms would run so differently if this were our way of living.

Dear parent- thank you for telling your child silly jokes and taking them on adventures. I love hearing stories about your family and your child's love for the outdoors.

Dear parent- I know homework is not fun and sometimes it leads to arguments and tears. But I promise you this... one day your child will look back and treasure those moments at the kitchen table. Please take the time to help them with it and encourage them in how far they've come. What progress we're making!

Dear parent- I want you to know that I respect you beyond my words. You have given birth to this child and made her your whole life for the past 9 years. Thank you for trusting me with your most prized possession 8 hours of every day. Thank you for your giving me grace when I don't have it just right. I am by no means perfect and I am so appreciative that you don't expect me to be. Thank you for being on my team and cheering for me along the way. I don't know what I would do without you.

Dear parent- thank you for sorting through all those papers every week. If I had my way, I wouldn't send you that much stuff, but by golly, you seem to take it like a champ (or maybe you just throw it away... that's okay too!)

Dear parent- I want you to know that I realize this is a once in a lifetime deal I have on my plate. Your child will only be in my class once and I want to make the absolute most of it. I long for your child to be equipped and prepared for where he is headed... whether that be 5th grade, college or Congress. I want you to know that I am doing my absolute best with what I've been given and when I fall short of that, I will pick up the pieces and try again.

Dear parent- what I really want you to know is that you are not alone. I love your child. Please trust me in my career and that I am doing what is best for your child.