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Late Picking My Son up from Kindergarten

My husband just called me. He couldn't find the keys and my son was already supposed to have been picked up from school. I hightailed it over there, but by the time I got there we were 30 minutes late picking him up and his teacher had to stand there with him the whole time. I had the phone to my ear calling the entire way. They didn't pick up. I feel terrible. I know occasionally these things happen, but it's so embarassing. I apologized profusely, but you could tell she was not happy. Should I do something for her? Bring her a potted plant or something? Or am I overthinking this?

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So What Happened?™

I didn't find out about the problem until school had already been out for 10 minutes. I called nonstop and never got a person on the phone. Just rang and rang. I assume they were doing parking lot duty or something. My son wasn't the last one there. I saw 4 other kids sitting there, so he was having fun playing with the other stragglers.

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I don't think you need to get her a gift. Instead, I would ask her/the office what to do next time so that you can inform them that you will be late.

To me, a gift is trying too hard to prove you're a good parent or something. You messed up, lesson learned.

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In addition to Everley's suggestion, if you have her email address along with the principal's email, send her another thank you via email and copy her supervisor/principal to let them know how helpful she was for this one time thing. It happens!!

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I don't think you need to give her a gift, but if I were you I would write a nice, handwritten note of apology. That will mean a lot to the teacher. Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, my good friend called me on Friday in a panic. She was hoping I could pick up her son at kindergarten b/c apparently it was a half day and she forgot. She was 45 minutes away from the school when they called her! I was on my way out of town so I couldn't do it. Like you, my friend felt terrible. But, it happens!!

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I don't think you need to get her a gift. Instead, I would ask her/the office what to do next time so that you can inform them that you will be late.

To me, a gift is trying too hard to prove you're a good parent or something. You messed up, lesson learned.

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These things happen trust me you have 12 more years of this, this will not be the last time you are late. Don't stress about it don't over think it as long as you told her thank you and apologized for being late to her and your son you are all good.

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What a nice teacher to wait with him and not send him to sit in the office like we usually do! Maybe this is a small school with no one in the office? A card would be nice, I love to get Thanks you's from parents, we get a lot of strange and complaining notes from parents (Suzy Gave away her silly Banz and now she's sad. How could you let those mean children do that to our poor little girl!!! (Why did you send my child home on the bus didnt you read my mind and know I was picking her up today as a special surprise!) it's so nice to get a good note for a change, an official, written thank you would be super!

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In addition to Everley's suggestion, if you have her email address along with the principal's email, send her another thank you via email and copy her supervisor/principal to let them know how helpful she was for this one time thing. It happens!!

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Hi T.,

Well, everyone knows that these things happen, but it is yucky when it's right at the start of the school year :-)

I think it would be nice to give her something for her time. You can look at it this way.... The teachers here at CPS are paid (on average) $40/hour for 'after school' duties - which means if they are a coach, drama sponsor, tutortime, dance etc. So, if you were 30 minutes late that is basically $20 she "should" have been paid. Clearly you aren't going to hand her $20, but what about supplies? You could tell her that you would love to get her some additional supplies for the class - is there anything she didn't get enough of that the class still needs?

The other thing you could do is trade time for time, so "give" her 30 minutes of your time..... could you bring home papers and grade them for her? help her with her overhead slides? Type up a newsletter for her parents?

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I don't think you need to give her a gift, but if I were you I would write a nice, handwritten note of apology. That will mean a lot to the teacher. Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, my good friend called me on Friday in a panic. She was hoping I could pick up her son at kindergarten b/c apparently it was a half day and she forgot. She was 45 minutes away from the school when they called her! I was on my way out of town so I couldn't do it. Like you, my friend felt terrible. But, it happens!!

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Get her a coffee card or something like that! $10 and a card that says you're sorry!

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That happened to us last year. I was out of town and the teacher called me saying our son wasn't picked up yet. GOOD THING we're friends but I felt HORRIBLE because it cut into their lunch time (morning pre-school.) My husband walked in as we were on the phone.

I baked them some of their favorite things I bake and told them THAT wasn't going to happen again and made SURE it didn't. Call me a brown nose but baked treats go a looong way with teachers, just as long as you can REALLY bake. :)

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