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    Default Attention School Bus Mum's

    How do you keep in touch with how your child is going if you're not at school and don't see the teacher? How do you make friends with other Mums from your class?

    I'll only be picking DS up once a week - the rest of the time he will be on the bus. I feel like I am missing out and so he will miss out on potential play dates etc. or is that just how it is for out of towners?!

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    Does your class have a facebook page? If not you could try to start one up. At our school our grade has a facebook group and its a great way for the parents to organise gatherings where all are invited (like picnics on weekends) or to ask questions e.g. which day is the excursion, what's this week's homework etc.

    It helps those who work to stay in touch and not feel so out of the loop.

    Its harder to find out how your child's going from the teacher. Are you allowed to email the teacher?

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    I send a friendly hand written note to be passed from child to child to parent stating ds has been hoping to meet up with your ds for a play date, here's my number, address etc. I have found my kids set up play dates amongst themselves and a follow up note from me is the way we achieve contact as i cant do any drop offs or pick ips.

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    My kids go to before and after school care. Dh normally drops off and I pick up. When I pick up its a 5min stop zone so I don't have time to stick around or talk to other parents. In kindy dd was invited to so many birthdays so that's how I managed to meet other parents and get their contact numbers. I am hopeless at socialising and didn't naturally click with the other Mums so in that regard haven't made contact or friends.
    Some mums organise play dates by sending out a note to the parents via the kids eg. play centre during school holiday etc.

    I haven't yet felt the need to talk to the teacher but on one occasion had a question and was able to send her an email. The school also encourages contacting the office to make appointments if you want to discuss something.

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    We are a small school so I know the other mums already. If I need to talk to the teacher I send a note or leave a message with the office to call me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    Does your class have a facebook page? If not you could try to start one up. At our school our grade has a facebook group and its a great way for the parents to organise gatherings where all are invited (like picnics on weekends) or to ask questions e.g. which day is the excursion, what's this week's homework etc.

    It helps those who work to stay in touch and not feel so out of the loop.

    Its harder to find out how your child's going from the teacher. Are you allowed to email the teacher?
    FB page is a good idea. We have a class meeting next week, so I might mention it and see what the other parents think. Because they split the classes up every year, there's only 4 parents I know from kindy/prep!

    I can email the teacher. She included her address in the letter sent home yesterday. He got good reports last year on everything but writing. So just want to make sure he's keeping up and doesn't need OT or anything. Be good to just be able to ask every now and then, but might have to resort to email!

    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    I send a friendly hand written note to be passed from child to child to parent stating ds has been hoping to meet up with your ds for a play date, here's my number, address etc. I have found my kids set up play dates amongst themselves and a follow up note from me is the way we achieve contact as i cant do any drop offs or pick ips.
    That's a good idea too. He's a friendly kid and plays with everyone, and says everyone is his friend. But we only got invited to 3 parties last year, so not sure if that's because I wasn't around or because the kids don't return his friendship! Just don't want him to have the same disappointments this year, so thought I'd get some tips!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    I am hopeless at socialising and didn't naturally click with the other Mums so in that regard haven't made contact or friends.
    Some mums organise play dates by sending out a note to the parents via the kids eg. play centre during school holiday etc.
    I find it hard with groups I don't know too. I did pick up one day a week last year and made a big effort to try to talk to people, but apart from 2 Mum's, it never went anywhere. Not sure if the kids didn't like mine, or the Mum's didn't like me! Some still chat if we see each other, but didn't RSVP or come to his birthday and things like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    We are a small school so I know the other mums already. If I need to talk to the teacher I send a note or leave a message with the office to call me.
    We are a big school. There's always so many people milling about! I'm sure I'll get used to it, but the first day this year was full on!!

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Some good ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Californication View Post
    FB page is a good idea. We have a class meeting next week, so I might mention it and see what the other parents think. Because they split the classes up every year, there's only 4 parents I know from kindy/prep!

    I can email the teacher. She included her address in the letter sent home yesterday. He got good reports last year on everything but writing. So just want to make sure he's keeping up and doesn't need OT or anything. Be good to just be able to ask every now and then, but might have to resort to email!



    That's a good idea too. He's a friendly kid and plays with everyone, and says everyone is his friend. But we only got invited to 3 parties last year, so not sure if that's because I wasn't around or because the kids don't return his friendship! Just don't want him to have the same disappointments this year, so thought I'd get some tips!



    I find it hard with groups I don't know too. I did pick up one day a week last year and made a big effort to try to talk to people, but apart from 2 Mum's, it never went anywhere. Not sure if the kids didn't like mine, or the Mum's didn't like me! Some still chat if we see each other, but didn't RSVP or come to his birthday and things like that.



    We are a big school. There's always so many people milling about! I'm sure I'll get used to it, but the first day this year was full on!!

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Some good ideas!
    I went to a primary school with 700 kids so our p-12 with 100 kids just seems so odd. We only have 5 preppies.

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    When dd1 started kindy one of the mums was in the same position so she decided to take the initiative and organise a kid free dinner night for the main caregivers and the teacher and aides. It have us all a chance to meet each other, get to know each other and it was a great ice breaker. A note was placed in each childs bag with the invitation along with her email asking for suggestions for a place, be it a picnic, restaurant or otherwise. We decided on a restaurant in the end. It turned out to be a great night and broke the ice beautifully.


 

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