Monthly newsletter

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  1. jaszmyn

    jaszmyn Comrade

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    I want to do a monthly newsletter for parents this year. What format or word processing system do you use to create the document. I was trying to so it in publisher, but was wondering if you guys had a opinion towards something more user friendly. Thanks..


    Also what are some heading s that you include.
    Thanks in advance for you wonderful advie :)
     
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  3. Emma35

    Emma35 Connoisseur

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    I do mine in Word. I just use text boxes and put them where I want them. Very easy to use.

    These are the text boxes I have (at least the ones I can think of off the top of my head:
    Spelling words
    Grammar
    High Frequency Words
    Science
    Social Studies
    Writing
    Math
    Important Notes
    Birthdays
    A calendar

    I do one weekly and I have it all set up and saved from last year. So really I just have to go in and change the dates and anything else that pertains to the week.
     
  4. MissHunny

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    i use this site's templates:

    http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/Newsletters/newsletters.htm

    I include academics updates (reading, writing, math, sci/ss), reminders, important dates, and once in a while a cute theme box where I ask the kids a Q and type some of thier responses (such as what is a leprachaun, how do you celebrate New Year's, etc)
     
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    I also use Publisher, but send out our newsletter weekly. I have a basic template that I made and just change info in the box each week.

    These are some of the text boxes or items on my newsletter. These aren't the titles I use because it changes depending on what I'm talking about:

    - Upcoming events - I list the dates/times of events coming up in the next few weeks

    - Star of the Week - I have our student of the week draw a picture of him/herself. I also include a digital picture of that child doing one of that week's lessons/activities that is mentioned in the newsletter

    - "Reminders" - there's usually something I need to remind parents about whether it be turning items in, asking for donations of certain items, etc.

    - Subjects - The other text boxes include descriptions of whatever we were working on in some of the different subject areas. I don't always include each subject, just what I can fit and/or what was the most interesting.
     
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    jaszmyn Comrade

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    Wow! you all do a weekly letter. Seems like that may be really time consuming. I can't even think of something to say to parents EVERY week. I would probably repeat myself. Plus we have a district classroom homepage where I update spelling words and such. Kuduos to you!!
     
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  8. Teach in Tampa

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    I send out a weekly newsletter that includes much of the same information as the teachers who posted above. I created the doc using Publisher and found the program to be very similar to Word. I have a Jungle theme and titled it "Mrs. _______'s Jungle Journal." It turned out really cute :)
     
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    We use schoolnotes.com and we update ours every week. We have to update ours or we are written up the district uses this with Title 1 and we have to use it or lose it. It does come in handy. Mine is at
    http://schoolnotes.com/39367/mharrison.html

    :D
     
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    Oh that is a pretty cool website. I see they only let you update free 10 times. I could possibly do something like that weekly. But to make copies and stuff, sometimes might be a bit tough. Since i am a beginner iwill start off monthly and then work my way up to the status of "the veterans" Thanks for the great advice and tools.
     

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