Everyone feel free to edit or even totally rewrite my letter. I will see what the general consensus is in regards to the approach and send off an email tomorrow I think.
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28-07-2014 19:11 #21
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29-07-2014 11:33 #23
I edited it for you
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29-07-2014 11:49 #25
Is there another way of doing the last paragraph do you think? In all honesty I prefer correspondence via email simply to avoid making an idiot of myself. Last time I asserted myself like this (via voicemail), I put my foot in it big time and found out afterwards that they had recently lost 3 family members in a month with one of them being a very recent high profile death.
But if it is better to actually talk to them then I will. It's just a preference that's all.
29-07-2014 12:08 #26
This is a tough one. On one hand the teacher is advancing her career as she has a right to do. In NSW there's actually a certain amount of professional development hours a teacher had to do to keep that accreditation. Also, most of these are held during school time so this isn't ideal for students. I can see how you would be frustrated with all of the relief teachers in your daughter'a class. From a teachers perspective it can be tricky to get the same casual teacher each time due to other work or family commitments they may have. I myself am a casual and was offered some regular work last year but I can't work Wednesdays so there were two of us doing the role. I think asking the principal what's going on as you have the right to know who's taking your child's class. Be prepared for the principal not to give away a lot if info as to the reasons for the absence (especially if some or all of it is due to illness - which it doesn't sound to be) as privacy is a big thing in education organizations. I hope it all works out for you and that your daughter is feeling less anxious soon. Good luck!!
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29-07-2014 12:16 #27
In all honesty I would urge you to speak to the teacher or principal in person first. But if you really don't want to, I would keep it simple and say:
It seems that there have been many days when [teacher] hasn't been in class this year. I am concerned about the continuity of [my daughter's] academic, emotional and civic education. I have noticed a change in her attitude towards school. Is this disruption likely to continue into the future? I would appreciate being told if it is, as I may need to make some decisions regarding her education.
29-07-2014 12:33 #28
I like the idea of keeping it casual yet getting my point across. Dd1 was saying yesterday that at least half her class hate having relief teachers now. Kids as a general rule love relief teacher days so that says a lot in itself.
So I was thinking biscottis main letter but with a more casual final paragraph Iykwim?
29-07-2014 12:39 #29
I think you will hear from the principal when you send the email. It would be very rude for them to not respond to your email by either a phone call or offering a meeting.
29-07-2014 12:55 #30
I just don't want a mountain out of a mole hill type thing and for me to say the wrong thing in the beginning.
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