Hard to believe I officially start back day after tomorrow (I've popped in several times after summer school ended to work on getting settled into my new room) and the kiddos start just two days after that.
To welcome the students I always send a little note, just a post card dropped in the mail that says that I can't wait to see them and reminds them of Open House. I also like to send a letter to the parents and request a bit of info. from them. Some years I have put these fliers out at Open House (ours is just before school starts) or sent them home with students in the first day or so, but I prefer to mail them home a week or so before our Open House. I just feel like parents have more of an opportunity to take their time in filling out the questionnaire and I get more honest answers.
Here are the files I sent home (in the rather stuffed envelope...oops! Good thing we have metered postage our office, because these babies cost a stamp and a half!) to the parents a week and a half before Open House night:
First Grade in Room 126
After teaching fourth grade for eight years with a year in fifth tossed in there, too, I have moved downstairs to first grade and absolutely LOVE it!