Keeping Parents Informed – Editable FREEBIE
It’s August, Peeps!
A U G U S T!
I’m so sad.
Summer flew by.
I’m getting myself organized for the new school year. Those first few weeks are EXHAUSTING aren’t they? Each year I get a little better at preparing for those beginning days.
I’m hoping I can help you, too.
We have a parent information night – generally the 2nd week of school. We call that Back-to-School night… I’ve heard some of you refer to this as Open House. Our Open House is way different and is held at the end of the year.
It’s also too short. There are just too many changes from Kinder to 1st, too much to cover, and too many questions. We have 25 minutes to wait for everyone to get there, spew out all the info, and answer questions. Then we do it all again after a 5 minute “passing period”.
It’s not enough time. Not even close.
So this year, my team decided to do an hour long Parent Information/Back-to-School Night BEFORE school starts. Our Kinder team has done this for many years and it has worked out fabulous for them.
We are holding our informative evening the Wednesday before the Monday on which school starts. It will be an hour long. We are going to hold it in our MPR so that all of our parents will fit in one place. We will go over how things work on the “big side of campus”.
Sound familiar? 😉
We will also discuss common core, our academic, homework and behavior expectations. Each parent will receive a copy of our parent guide.
I am a firm believer the more info you give your students’ parents, the better.
We all want to be “informed”. Parents are no different. All this info serves as answer to many of their questions, a quick reference when they are unsure, AND a reminder that first grade is demanding!
I am hoping we will have our class list by that time and will be able to bring our specific parents back to our individual rooms so we can also cover things specific to ourselves and ease their minds about their child’s impending learning environment.
If you’re interested in doing a pamphlet parent guide I have made several color options – including ink saving black and white. This is an editable file. I’ve included my guide so you can see exactly what I include.
Another thing we do is send out a 1st Day Guide letter to our 1st grade parents. It accompanies that big packet of forms they pick up during our Meet Your Teacher morning held the week before school starts if they weren’t able to attend Back-to-School Night. (Hopefully those form packets will be ready for our Back-to-School night!).