The other document that is a lifesaver for me is the “Parents’ Homework”. I send this document out the week prior to conferences. I basically give the PARENTS a little survey asking the basics: how does your child feel about school, what are your goals for your child, list any medical information/allergies and anything you would like to discuss. I find that this wards off any “surprises” at conferences and gives me an indication of where the parents stand before they walk in my door. I also know that if they have any concerns about a particular subject area I make sure to have lots of examples of the child’s work and also typical materials we use during class.