We've got the 9 moms you'll meet on back-to-school night right here

Aug 22, 2016 at 5:11 p.m. ET

Call the sitter and prepare for some handshaking: it’s back-to-school night! This is when the principal gives her speech about what an awesome community you’re all in before shuffling you off to your kids’ classrooms to sit in tiny chairs during a presentation on math techniques you will never, ever understand.

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Hope you grabbed some coffee before heading out, because there is a lot of info to take in and a lot of people who don’t know how to read social cues that scream "please stop making this night last forever!" There are also all sorts of different moms to meet while you’re there. Here’s a sampling of the usual crew, and how to recognize them in their natural habitat.

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From the moms you mesh with right away to the ones who you just don’t understand, these are the ladies you’ll be with for the rest of your kids’ school days.

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So maybe before you bid them all adieu for the night, share a cookie (everyone loves cookies!) and some kind words about their kid. Getting on their good sides can only help you all build the village that can guarantee a great school year.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

funny notes left for teachers
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