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    Parent Communication
    By Kathy

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    I think communicating with parents is vital. Here's what works for me:

    #1 An introductory letter that tells about me, my philosophies, class goals, procedures, etc. I send this home the first day of school

    #2 A class handbook that I pass out during Back-to-School night (We had a new principal that required these last year--and even though I initially grumbled, it really is a good idea!)

    #3 Weekly homework folders (manilla envelopes) that go home each Monday and come back on Fridays. On the homework folders, parents list homework time--there's also a space for notes. Each week I send home a brief letter that tells about events coming up, lists spelling words, math focus, etc.

    I have done the homework folders for years and have received much positive feedback from parents on how much they appreciate this consistent communication. When they are "in-the-know", they can become "partners in learning."

    This year I want to try:

    Monthly newletter (Weekly is too often for me!!)
    Classroom website

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