Do you think having the students writing a letter to me on the 1st day would be grade appropriate? This is a very small school and I want to get to know the students and see a sample of their writing. I thought of having them write about themselves and and what they expect out of this year and how they would like to improve their writing. Does this sound like a good idea or not? I don't want them to stand up and tell me because this will be boring to everyone else because these 60 kids have been going to school with the same 60 kids since kindergarten.