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Back to School Night

At Holy Redeemer, parents can meet the teachers and learn more about how their children’s classrooms operate, what the homework policies are, and whether the teacher has a good sense of humor, by visiting Back to School Nights.

There are two:

  • Thursday, 9/13 at 6:30 pm – for grades K-5
  • Thursday, 9/20 at 6:30 pm – for grades 6-8

The is no child care provided at Back to School Night. What that means in practice is that kids either stay home, or families connect with an older student who can babysit on the playground during the sessions.

If your family has only one child at the school, and multiple parents, parents can take turns sharing time with the child and visiting the classroom (since there are two sessions). 

If you can’t make it to Back to School Night, rely on other parents to help you out, and know that teachers send home handouts that you’ll probably get in your child’s Friday folder this week for parents who missed.

The schedule of K-5th Back to School Night looks like this:

Annual Title I Parent Meeting in Room # 119-Prior to our K-5 Back to School Night!

6:30-6:50 — Meet in cafeteria full group- introductions and brief message from Mrs. Raineri and Fr. Pat

6:50-7:00 — 4th graders’ parents meet our violin teachers and learn about our violin program

7:00-7:15 — First session with homeroom teachers

7:20-7:35 — Second session with homeroom teachers

7:35 — Mrs. Raineri will make an announcement that teachers are finished and she will be available for any questions

The schedule of Middle School Back to School Night looks like this:

6:30 — Meet in your child’s homeroom

7:00 — Meet in the cafeteria to speak with all middle school teachers and share refreshments.

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What to Expect – Parent Club Meetings

Our first Parent Club meeting of the year is tonight! Parent Club meetings are open to all!

While some parents have volunteered for specific roles, we really do want all parents to feel comfortable coming to meetings and speaking up. If you are a parent without a specific role, you are still a member of Parent Club!

Some things to expect:

  • Parent Club meetings take place in the Art Room at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month of the school year except December and June. Not often do we need to cancel or reschedule Parent Club meetings – but we have in the past related to ice/snow storms or the meeting falling on a holiday.
  • When you come to the meetings, enter the school through the double doors on the far eastern end of the school building – the doors facing the rectory (white house between the school and church, where our priests live) and the church.
  • We enjoy fellowship, so many folks bring snacks and beverages to share – often including wine and beer. If you are in recovery and the presence of alcohol is a barrier for you to participate, please let Parent Club’s leadership know.  Note: Please don’t throw away wine cups or beer bottles in the art room trash can as kids will be in there first thing the next morning!
  • Meetings start off with introductions all around the room – names, your role at Parent Club and/or in the school (if staff or faculty), and your children’s names and grades.
  • We rotate through a series of lively reports – Principal, treasurer, Spirit Store. If the chairs are in a kind mood, they will allow any special guests to speak early on, during this report period, so they don’t have to stay for the whole long meeting. This kind of depends on whether the guests are making a proposal that requires a lot of discussion and decisions/voting.
  • Then we review recent programming, and discuss upcoming programming. Upcoming programming is often where we put out a call for volunteers to step up for tasks — it’s great if people in the room step up, but it’s even better if we put our heads together to think of the right person in the broader community to ask. In that way we involve new parents in our work.
  • We try to adjourn at 8 pm sharp — often this is directly related to how much wine is available and consumed.

So, welcome! If you’d like to be added to the Parent Club google group, please leave me a message here with your email address, and the names/grades of your children, and I will do so.