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Carmen:Very good. One more.

Luppe:There was... there was... a... prin... cee-ess.

Carmen:Princesa.

Luppe:Princesa.

Carmen:Very good. Keep going.

Luppe:Wer …covered with leaves...lived...in...a...big...house...in...the...in...the...MaullidoStains?

Carmen:In the mountains.

Luppe:In the mountains.

Carmen:Look at. The mountains.

Luppe:And there is the princess.

Carmen:And now, my princess, it's time to sleep.

Luppe:Good night mom.

Carmen:Sweet dreams, Lupita.

***

Carmen:Juan, the school is holding parent-teacher conferences again. Next month!

Juan:How nice.

Carmen:Kind? Do you remember what happened to me last time?

(flashback, in memory of Carmen)

Maestro:Your daughter is very well, Mrs. Diaz. You have to work with her every night to make sure she understands what she is reading. You should also review all your homework. In accordance? Do you have any questions? Do you have any questions?

Carmen:Eh, no.

(back to the present)

Juan:Carmen? Carmen? Dont worry so much. Everything will be fine.

Carmen:What? The last time was a disaster. I couldn't understand anything Teacher was saying.

Juan:That was last year. Your English is much better now.

Carmen:For real? You think?

Juan:Of course. You go to English class every week, right?

Carmen:Yes, my English is better. But talking to the teacher is not easy. I feel so... What's the word? Helpless.

Juan:Helpless?

Carmen:Yes, Juan, I'm worried about Lupe's reading. she has problems

Juan:When Lupe has trouble reading, her teacher takes care of it. That is your job.

Carmen:We have to help Lupe. Why did we come to this country? For his education. not just to look atSoccer.

Juan:Honey, in this country it's called football.

Carmen:Juan... are you paying attention? I can't help Lupe if I can't talk to the teacher and ask her questions.

Juan:So think of questions to ask the teacher and say them out loud. You have to practice, like soccer.

Carmen:Like football? what are you talking about

Juan:I'm talking about practice. You need to practice saying your lines like, um...actors on TV.

Carmen:OK. If it's that easy, show me.

Juan:OK. Teacher. My daughter Guadalupe... how is she?

Carmen:How is she doing?!

***

Fatima:Sayeed, what does that say?

said:Ishmael, tell your mother what that says.

Ismael:I think it's a good report, mother.

Fatima:¿Ismael?

Ismael:The teacher is very happy with me.

Fatima:I'm sure the teacher is very happy with you, Ishmael. But I don't think that's in this letter.

Sayid e Ismael:And aim!

***

(I have a phone)

Fatima:Carmen? it is Fatima.

Carmen:Yes, Fatima, I am sure of that. The note refers to parent-teacher conferences. Lupe brought the same note home with him. …. You go? … We must go. It's our job... Don't worry, Fatima. I didn't understand anything last year either. ... This year will be different. …. Yes you are right. We have to do something. ... A father what? … coordinator. … call 311 for the number? ...Yes, I'll do it right away.

Carmen: (write in notebook)parent coordinator.(I have a phone)Hello, 311? I want to help my daughter in school. ...She goes to PS 303 in Brooklyn. Can I have the parent coordinator number? … Yes, I have a pencil. Please give me the number.

***

Parent Coordinator (P.C.):I know exactly what you mean, Mrs Diaz. People here talk very fast. When I first came to New York City, I had a hard time understanding anything.

Carmen:I know. The problem is... there are so many questions to ask at the parent-teacher conference. I'm getting nervous.

Fatima:Yes, me too.

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:Here. This family guide has some good questions to ask. We have it in eight languages. Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian, Korean, Russian, Urdu and Bengali.

Fatima:Gracias.

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:And remember... if you need an interpreter, just ask.

Fatima:Seriously, an interpreter?

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:You can always request an interpreter at the school if necessary.

Carmen:Gracias.

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:They are natural leaders.

Carmen:Leader? I didn't even graduate from high school.

Fatima:And my English is not that good.

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:You don't have to speak perfect English to be a leader. If you can talk to me and your friends about school, you can talk to anyone.

Carmen:Maybe... Thank you.

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:goodbye

Fatima:Many Thanks. goodbye

PERSONAL COMPUTER.:goodbye

***

Fatima:These questions are long and difficult even reading them in Arabic.

Carmen:Well what else can we do?

Fatima:I have an idea. Let's call other parents.

Carmen:Yes! Let's call Pierre.

Fatima:¡Y Ming!

Carmen:We will! We will.

***

Pedro:Hallo.

Carmen:Hello Peter.

Pedro:Hallo.

ming:Sometimes it's not easy to ask questions.

Fatima:Yes, especially if you're nervous.

Pedro:That's why I always carry a notebook. I take notes as the person speaks.

Carmen:I think it helps if you repeat what you hear. let me teach you You are the master Ming. Tell me about my daughter's homework.

ming:Well, Ms. Díaz... Sometimes your daughter is late with her homework. And sometimes it doesn't answer all the questions. And sometimes it's a disaster!

Carmen:In other words, you're telling me that... my daughter needs to be on time for her homework, answer all questions, and be tidy.

ming:Exactly!

***

Carmen:Hallo.

Juan:Carmen, where have you been? I was worried.

Carmen:I met the other parents. We are preparing for the parent-teacher conference.

Juan:I keep telling you, let the school people do their job. you are just a father

Carmen:Exactly. And the parents have to get involved. Juan, we meet again on Saturday and you should come.

Juan:¿And?

Carmen:If you!

***

Carmen:Okay, everyone... We have the questions. Now we need to practice asking them out loud. Who wants to go first? Let's go! We need to practice our lines... like actors on TV!

Pedro:Is there...any...extra...reading...that...I...could...give...to...my...son...?

Fatima:What's the matter Pierre?

Pedro:I don't think I can.

Fatima:If you can. Remember you are an actor. Say it with emotion.

Carmen:Clever? Yes...

Pedro:Is there any additional reading I can give my child?

***

said: (playing soccer with Juan)That was great!

***

Fatima:All right.

ming:Does my son do his homework?

Fatima:Repeat that, Ming, like a movie star!

ming:Does my son do his homework?

Fatima:One more time.

ming:Does my child do their homework every night?

Fatima:Each night? I like it!

ming:But sometimes I don't understand my son's homework.

Pedro:My parents didn't understand my homework either. But you know? I still did. And in third grade I did extra work.

Fatima:Extra work?

Pedro:That year I fell in love with my teacher. She was so kind, so beautiful, that I wrote her a love poem every night.

Juan:Love poems? This is not homework!

***

Carmen:We're done?

Fatima: (keep questions for parent conferences)Finished! We made it! Let's give this to the parent coordinator.

Carmen:You can make copies and give them to the other parents.

***

Juan:What is this photo of, Lupe?

Luppe:is the princess

Juan:And... what is she doing? Do you play soccer?

Luppe:Soccer? Nobody in this story plays soccer, daddy.

Juan:Oh good. Maybe one day it will. … The title of this book is …Sunset Park's soccer princess.

Luppe:You don't say that, daddy.

Juan:Are you sure?

Luppe:Just read the words, daddy. i just read

Juan:OK. Look at! And the prince said...I love you princess.

Luppe:And the princess said...I want to play soccer!

Juan:Soccer?

Luppe:yes soccer

***

Carmen:Please John! Do you know what time it is? The conference begins.

Juan:Carmen! Always with Tranquillity.

Carmen:Are you coming or not?

Juan:I can not decide

Carmen:Leave.

Juan:Expect! I can't decide what do you think? The Red one? The green? The blue? Which one will the teacher like?

Carmen:Doesn't matter. You don't have to wear the tie. Let's go.

Juan:Carmen! This is important! This is our daughter's education!

***

ming: (practice a question)Does my child do their math homework? Do you ask questions in class?

Pater: (practice a question)Forgiveness. Can I have an interpreter? Can I have an interpreter? Can I have an interpreter?

***

said: (to your child's teacher)How can I help my child read?

***

ming: (to your child's teacher)I'm sorry. Can you slow down and explain what you mean?

Maestro:Of course.

***

Maestro:And did you know... Jean Claude won the poetry contest last week.

Pedro:Oh! Jean Claude didn't tell me.(to son)Did you win the poetry contest?

Maestro:Write the most beautiful poems. A new one every day.

Pedro: (to son)Every day?(to the teacher)He looks like his father.

***

Juan:Can I get my daughter's report card in Spanish?

Maestro:Of course. You can also call me anytime. The door is always open.

Juan:Gracias.

***

(after parent talks)

Juan:So?

Carmen:That went well.

Fatima:Carmen... How was your conference?

Juan:Wonderful.

Carmen:And how was your conference?

said:It was great.

Carmen:Well, congratulations to you both.

said:What this school needs is more parents like us!

***

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