i attached my parent letter....let me know if you have any suggestions for me. i took things from other letters i have seen and then added some important information for the beginning of school...
i also include a parent questionnaire about them for instance....email, phone number, how their child will get to school and home, allergies. so i have it all on one sheet.
August 14, 2006
Dear First Grade Families,
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Jen Laughlin and I am honored to be your child’s first grade teacher. This is my third year of teaching but first year at Marlin Elementary and I am so excited to be here. I previously taught third grade and sixth grade at Childs Elementary.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.
I believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can send me a note, email me at EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead
or call me at (telephone # entered here). I will also do my part by sending out a newsletter each week to update you on what we have been doing in class as well as things that are up coming. For individual concerns, I will contact you by phone, send a note home, or email you (if an email address is provided).
Please feel free to participate in your child’s first grade year as much as you are able. Helping hands are always needed. Whether it is reading a story to the class, helping with field trips or class parties, or any other participation will enrich our classroom experiences.
I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year with you and your child!
Some important information to start off the year:
***These first weeks of school we will be getting to know one another. Creating community is a large part of the beginning of a new school year. Each week we will have a Star Student. The Friday before your child is chosen you will receive a letter informing you about the project. I am starting off the year by being the first Star Student. Check out the poster I have created when you get a chance.
***Every day your child will take home his/her Important Folder. Please try to check this each day. It may contain important announcements, homework assignments, or completed work. It is very important that your child brings this back to school each day. This will help to create a routine and continue the communication between home and school. Also, use this as a way to communicate with me. For instance, if your child is doing something different from their normal schedule (going home with a friend, being picked up from by another family member, etc) please send me a note to let me know the change of plans. I will check this folder each morning.
***We love to celebrate birthdays. Please let me know in advance if you plan on bringing in a treat for your child to share with the class. The ideal time for the party would be at the end of the day (2:45-3:15). However, in order to not hurt any child’s feelings in our classroom, please do not distribute party invitation in our classroom unless every child in our classroom is invited to the party. This ensures that children in our class will not be placed in an uncomfortable situation or get their feelings hurt.
***Homework will require some parental involvement at this level. Your cooperation is essential in developing a positive homework habit. First and foremost, you can encourage your child by showing interest and demonstrating helpful attitudes toward homework.
Some additional suggestions for homework:
• Provide a noise-free, well-lit place to work
• Establish a regular "homework time" in the home and have a special place free from excessive noise.
• Help your child organize adequate time to complete activities neatly and carefully.
• Encourage your child to ask for help when he/she doesn't understand something or is frustrated. Teachers, like parents, can help only if they know there is a need.
• Decide if it becomes too frustrating of a task to stop and take a break. Any work done under duress or frustration is not a positive or healthy learning experience.
***Toys and personal valuables should not be brought to school. If they are, they are at school at the child’s risk. All personal belongings should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
***Attendance is important in first grade. What we do in class involves active participation, it is very important that your child attends each day. However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur. Whenever possible, your child’s schoolwork will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school.
That is it for now! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as the school year gets started.