I take some time every year (usually around the second week of school) to send emails to the parents/guardians of all of my students. It’s a good way to open the lines of communication on a positive note. I don’t write lengthy notes, basically just a quick hello; something similar to this:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Parent,
Hello! I’m Mrs. Teacher, your child’s math teacher this year. I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and let you know that I am enjoying having Betty Sue in my class. (I write something personal about that student here, like “I am very pleased with her class participation already!”). I look forward to a wonderful year with her!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the school at 555-5555.
I look forward to working with you this school year to help make Betty Sue’s 7th grade year a great one!
The notes are always well-received by parents, so while they are a little time-consuming, I think they are definitely worth it!
I’d love to hear how other teachers start their communication with parents each year!
Thanks for reading,