My child's 3rd grade teacher sent home a binded classroom manual. It has such a nice layout and so well thought out that I thought I would share. It includes: * a clear table of contents * welcome letter * school supply list * daily schedule * how to contact her (and some tips on what contact method is best for different types of discussions) * mission statement * explanation about Star of the Week (M-F plan) * a page about the grade level curriculum * behavior policy and plan * classroom pledge * homework policy and explanations (a little different) * general grading rubric * Assessment and grading policy * Example of a weekly progress report * The ABC's of 3rd Grade (each letter has a short few sentences about another detail she wishes to share such as library schedule, snack policy, etc. It's clean, clear, plenty of white space, large font, attractive, very easy to read and informative (20 pages). Her contact information is all throughout the manual just in case you miss it the first time. When I say it is easy to read, it doesn't look like your typical school manual that most schools send home and parents never read. The graphics and layout are clearly designed for the younger ages and to make it attractive and easy to read. Nice way to start the first day communication!