There are a few things that I specifically like to send home to parents (or pass out on back to school night). These include: an introduction letter, supply list, and questionnaire. I have stolen many of these from my colleagues :) but have edited them and made them my own! Don't start from scratch if you don't have to! I also pass out our syllabi on back to school night, but that's mostly just a formality since my classes are so individualized the syllabi don't really provide that much information, but it's required by all classes in my school.
I think it is important to show parents that you are excited and motivated to work with their young adult! Tell them who you are, why you teach, and what you are looking forward to this year. I have found that short and sweet is best. Parents are more likely to read it if it seems more genuine (aka not copied and pasted from someone who obviously does not sound like you).
My supply list changes slightly each year, but typically what I request is some basic classroom supplies....and try not to make them required, just very much appreciated!
Questionnaire / Parent Survey:
Again, this changes every year. (And I included two samples in the document I shared with you). It used to be much longer, but I wasn't getting many responses back, so I am trying to simplify it and hope for more responses!
Download my Back to School forms here! In order to use please "make a copy" or copy and paste. I can't give editing rights to the original or the form will get messed up with what everyone adds!
What did I miss that you usually include?
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