This post originally appeared on the blog The Happy Teacher.
Building relationships and establishing an open line of communication with parents is essential to a great school year. All the teachers at my school are REQUIRED to make a phone call to each and every parent during the first week of school. It may be a requirement, but it’s something that I actually love doing! I enjoy touching basing with the parents and giving them a positive update before the year really gets going. On the flip side, as a parent, I love hearing from my child’s teacher… and he’s only attending Mother’s Day Out! I created this simple form to use at the start of the new school year. Pass out the note at “Meet the Teacher” night or send it home in students’ folders on the first day of school. The letter will give parents the opportunity to share vital information with you about their child.
Speaking of Meet the Teacher Night, there are some important forms I have parents fill out when they come to meet me before school starts.
The idea is for parents to stay in the classroom and fill out these forms immediately. That way I have them ready to go on the 1st Day of School. I have some simple, fun activities for the kids to do in the classroom while their parents fill out these important forms. (Ex: Buckets of math manipulatives, Play-Doh, iPad games, coloring pages, etc…)