Ok, first I want everyone to know I love my kids school and teachers 90% of the time. I volunteer on my days off to help the teachers, work with students that need extra help, and I'm the coordinator for our Upromise account. I adore my son's teacher. My daughter's teacher is another story. Here's a little background and the problem.
The week before Christmas, I get a call at WORK from my daughter using her teachers cell. IN the classroom. To tell me she needs $10 brought to school before lunch. So she could purchase homemade jewelry her teacher was making and selling on the side. When I didn't get away from work before 11, she was allowed to call and "remind" me twice. This teacher has no time for parents and rushes through mandantory conferences but has time to sell jewelry at school.
Yesterday was the last straw. Our school has a free tutoring program. To get in, the teacher must request your child because they need extra help. It's 2 afternoons a week for an hour each. One day they work on math, the other reading and science. Last month, my daughter got an award for all A's and B's. A B in math. Last week they sent home the forms for tutoring. My son got one but my daughter didn't. I would assume she still had an B. I haven't seen any tests brought home because "they are being filed" according to my daughter. I got the following note yesterday:
Dear Ms. ########,
####'s grade is a high F. She really needs extra help. I tutor for $25 per hour for those interested. (this is not school tutoring) She says she's having a tough time on several skills. Let me know.
My daughter was out of school all last week with pneumonia. She has been staying in at recess doing make-up work. She took a test yesterday on something that they just went over in class, not something they did homework on. It was a 4 question test worth 100 points. She missed them all. Her teacher then explained it to her after she made the 0. They've only had 2 other tests in the last month so it brought her grade way down.
I'm not sure how to handle this. They haven't even started the school tutoring. There's time for her to get in. Why didn't she just put her in there? It makes me think it's about the money and that upsets me. Should I go to the principal to get her in? If she's doing this with my child, how do I know she's not sending those notes to other parents instead of signing them up for group tutoring if they need it. It's not something they advertise. I only know about it because my daughter's 3rd grade teacher put her in it last year.
I hate for any child not get the help they need because the parents can't afford it. My daughter said none of her friends in her class are in group tutoring. Kids from other homerooms are though so I know they have it for 4th grade too.