Hi all -- I do want to respond to everyone, but while I have a minute, I want to ask everyone for an opinion on something.
Last night was kindergarten registration for Victor -- they do one reg. during the day, and another at night to accommodate working parents, which made me happy. After we registered, we met with the principal, kindergarten teachers, school secretary, school nurse, PTO president and the woman who runs the after-school program, and then got a tour of the K classrooms and building. It was very nice.
Anyway, among the registration materials was a "voluntary student information form," that asked questions like, "what do you consider our child's greatest strengths? Greatest challenges? Describe your child's personality and interests. Does your child interact well with other children his/her age?" It said the purpose of the sheet was to help determine class placement. (Our school is pretty small -- there are only 2 kindergarten classes).
Would you complete such a form? My first impulse was to say, sure, I guess it will help them determine which of the two kindergarten classes he's in. Then I thought about it some more, and became more hesitant. My concern is that something I say on the form -- particularly in regard to "strengths and challenges" will be interpreted in some way by the techers/principal that I didn't intend, and could influence the way they see Victor even before they meet him. I'm thinking I'd rather they meet him "fresh" and form their own opinions of his strengths/challenges/abilities, etc.
After all, there are only 2 classes they could put him in, so it's not like they have a whole load of teachers with varying styles, or anything like that. From what I've heard from other parents, both of the teachers are considered "good" -- one is a fairly new teacher; the other much more experienced, and both of those situations have their plusses and minuses, I think.
I didn't hand in the form last night, but can still bring it over to the school. What would you do? (BTW, DH thinks we should fill it out, but is willing to defer to my feelings on this -- probably because I'll end up being the one who ends up completing it. )
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