Back to School info

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  1. AZMrs.S

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    What kinds of things do you send home for parents in a back to school packet? I had made a brochure last year, but I'm not sure if it included enough info. I am also not sure if I can find that file, so I may have to start over anyways. What do you send home! I am thinking I would be giving parents this info at Meet the Teacher night, or if they don't come to that on the first day of school.
     
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    I outline the standards we will cover, several particular units, grade expectations and basic expectations (reading every night, use of online materials, showing up prepared daily) as well as contact info.
     
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    I usually just stick to the basics. Expectations, homework procedures and policies, my classroom management system, etc.
     
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    I always included a questionnaire asking parents about any particular sensitivities the child might have, any prior year problems that might have been unresolved, special needs, etc.
     
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    All of the above, plus my contact information.
     
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    All of the above, plus:
    - supply list
    - classroom directory questionnaire so we can have a classroom directory
    - celebrations form (to honor those who don't wish to have their child participate in any class celebration)
     
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    Great ideas! Thanks! How do you organize it? Just make a packet? Or put it all into a folder?
     
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    Oh, and photo/video permission slip!
     
  10. HWilson

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    I've seen two cute ideas in Pinterest
    1. DIY magnets for the fridge with all your contact info. Print put a page of it with designs and glue to the magnet strips ou can buy at Walmart.

    2. Give out a bookmark with a hole pinched in the top and a cute little ribbon or bow with whatever info you want them to have like contact info etc.
     
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    I don't have a meet the teacher night before school....our back to school night happens about 2 weeks into the year. I send a welcome letter home in August with my contact info and supply list. On the first day of school, I send home a questionnaire and a "Getting to know the teacher" letter. At back to school night, I give them a business card and business card-sized magnet with my contact info (thank you, vista print!), a packet with our specials schedule, homework policy, behavior policy (this info also goes home the 2nd day of school and comes back signed), an overview of units/curriculum, a class list, and how to access my teacher webpage and our school's virtual backpack. :)
     
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    I was thinking the same thing....

    How many pages do you send home???

    Mine turns into a 2 page, front and back, page...and it still seems like too much; but I'm on the side of CMBS (covering my backside)
     
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    We have open house a few days before school starts, but I do NOT hand out any information that night. The night is crazy enough as it is, and most families have more than one child. I do not want to bombard them with even more information!

    About 1 week before open house, I send home a letter introducing myself. In the letter, I tell them what they need to know for the first day of school:
    -Pack a healthy snack every day.
    -Be sure to have gym shoes on these days

    I notify them that additional information on classroom routines and expectations will be sent home in weekly newsletters. I inform parents on classroom routines as they are taught to students.

    I also include a supply list with my letter, and I specify which items will need to be labeled with the child's name, and which items will be shared with the whole class. I saw a neat "Open House Do's and Don'ts" for free on Teachers Pay Teachers, so I may send something similar home.
     

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