My welcome letter includes:
- A brief biography and background of me
- A brief overview of my philosophy of teaching and parent communication
- A request for a letter back from the parents (this wonderful portion of the letter comes from Beth Newingham's opening letter)
- A supply list
- One sheet of Avery labels with the student's name on them (I like everything labeled and this way I know it is labeled to my liking and it also helps the parents out!)
- An invitation to Meet the Teacher Day (This is optional, but since I teach a K-1 self-contained room, it is helpful for the families and students to be able to come visit the classroom and meet me before the first day of school. This is also a good idea if you have students who have recently began receiving special education services or are transitioning to a new building or special education setting.)
Here are some samples of my letters:
Welcome Letter for Parents & Meet the Teacher Day:
Avery Labels for Labeling Supplies
This is an example of a letter I sent home when I was a long term substitute, introducing myself in the middle of the year.
This is an example of a letter that I sent to my students when I taught resource room and consultant teaching programs.
As I get my letters ready to mail out this week, the most exciting thing is changing my name to Mrs. Hornung on all of them! Have a great Monday!