- Show up. The earlier, the better. You will be more likely to get a close parking spot, and with the wet weather, that’s exactly what you want.
- Follow directions. Back-to-school nights are scheduled for a reason (to learn about your child's school); please stick to it.
- Turn off your cell phone. There’s nothing more frustrating than talking to a classroom full of adults and hearing "I Like to Move It” from Reel to Real go off.
- Be kind. Remember that teachers spend most of their day talking to children, and adults can be a little intimidating.
- Don’t use this time for an impromptu parent-teacher conference. If you would like to chat with the teacher about your child, introduce yourself and ask when would be a good time to meet.
- Don’t be insulted if the teacher can’t recognize you. Teachers see the kids 180 days of the year, but only see parents three times a year.
- Take notes. Teachers are giving you important information.
- Chat with your children afterwards. Kids spend roughly 40 percent of their waking hours in school. Back-to-school night is a good conversation starter.
- Keep a positive attitude. It’s going to be a great school year!
Tonight there are two back-to-school nights in Elkridge—one at Elkridge Landing Middle School, and the other at Deep Run Elementary. See the Howard County public school system's website for the full list of back-to-school nights.