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.)
Families have a difficult time with the transition of new teachers, especially when their students receive special education services. It was always my goal to ensure that my families felt comfortable reaching out to me and understood that I wasn't just a warm body to fill the room while the other teacher was on leave. Reaching out goes a long way with parents!
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!