After a much-needed break, I’m almost ready to dive back in. I have eight precious days of summer vacation left. So between all the last-minute appointments for things I’ve put off all summer and the final fun days with my kids, I thought I’d get myself back into the groove by posting one Back-to-School idea a day.
We shall see how this goes….
At the beginning of the year, we all want to know more about our students, gather important phone numbers, e-mails, and information. There are many ways to gather such information: a Google form, a paper questionnaire, office files….
For years, I spent a lot of time perfecting my letter to parents about myself. It always ended up sounding like a mash-up of a resume and a letter in a Christmas card. Who was I trying to impress?
After about 10 years I education, I learned to keep my letter short and sweet.
As a parent, I feel overwhelmed by all the paperwork that comes home in the first few days. So, I only ask for the things I really need to know!
This system works well for me for a variety of reasons:
- It’s easy to prepare, explain, and send home. (Just be sure you round-up some pink cards early in the shopping season!)
- I learn valuable, pertinent information on each specific child. (How many times do you mark “n/a” on a form?)
- It gives parents a chance to say what they need to say. (Parents can fit a lot on a 3×5 card!)
- I get a glimpse into the home-life and background of each student. (I still read their cumulative files, but this is the most current, up-to-date info I need to know right now.)
easyeasier for students to keep track of this card. (I am not against offering candy as a bribe.)
ParentPinkIndexBlank (This should be the word document you can customize. Please let me know if it doesn’t work! It’s hard to test out on my MacBook.)
ParentPinkIndexBeginningoftheYear (Here is a PDF if you just want to cut and paste the index card directions to your own letter.)
How do you communicate with parents at the beginning of the year?
What information do you most want to know?
Share what works for you in the comments!