Sunday, January 25, 2015

Helpful School-To-Home Communication Hints

Hello Primary Pack Fans!

I've hopped over from Stories and Songs in Second today to share some hints and a resource that I hope you will find useful!

I don't know about you, but I always see a huge decline in family support for my students at this time of year.  Homework folders don't get returned, flyers don't get read, important information gets missed, and learning starts to suffer.

In an effort to "turn the tide"--and help both my students be more responsible and engaged as we head into the second half of our year together--I created a new set of newsletter templates and homework hint forms.

My reasoning when it comes to encouraging parents to join in their child's educational journey, is to outline specific, repetitive practices I want them to engage in at home, and then provide clear and straightforward steps to help them do that.  I tell parents that they are my partners, and that as a team we can be great coaches for their son or daughter's academic, social, and emotional growth and development.

I have provided a link to a free samples of the type of information I include in my own newsletters, as well as as another link to a free and editable PowerPoint template file that will allow you to create your own.   I hope that the two different styles of classroom newsletters, and the various guide sheets for Language Arts and Math make communicating with parents more rewarding and much easier for you!

A video tutorial about how to  insert text boxes in the PowerPoint template file can be found {HERE} if you are not sure how to do that.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Know that our box of  blogger buddies appreciates your continued readership and support!  If I could make this meme into a sticker and put it on the forehead of every child in my classroom and yours.....I would!  In the meantime, I am off to "tweet" about it!  I invite you to follow me {HERE} for more ideas and updates!

Continue to keep calm, teach on, and stay colorful!


  1. I love this Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.
    Emmy Mac's Class

  2. What a great post. Parent support is a huge factor and I'm such a believer. I even wrote my Thesis on parent involvement and feel sternly about it. Thanks for sharing Jennifer, I'll pass this along to my followers as well!

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing such positive ideas and resources for encouraging parental involvement!

    I love the Primary Pack! Bryant you for being so generous with you talents!
    Peggy at Primary Flourish