My snippets on the backside for parents are usually easy stuff they can do driving around or even using a computer program provided by the school district. I think the key was what I was teaching that month. This kept me accountable for my students because the parents knew exactly what was happening. This also helped me with grading. Everything I listed in the newsletter was reflected in my grade book in some way.
Overall, this is how I came to my simple yet informative newsletter format. It’s easy enough for me to pull up, edit and print out for my student’s families. I always make two copies, one copy is on blue paper and is stored in their STAR folder for quick use, the other one is on white paper and is considered the “fridge copy”. I’ve put together my template for other teachers to use as you see above.
I’m made multiple choices available to fit the needs of your classroom. Most importantly, it includes the back side on how to connect with families in the different subjects you teach in the classroom. Regardless if you use my template or not, make sure you are reaching out to parents in some way either weekly, monthly or even bi-monthly.
I’d love to know, What do you use in your classroom to communicate with parents and inform them on special events and subjects being taught? If you found this useful and want to share with your other teacher friends, pin the image above!