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Old 07-13-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I have heard of other teachers who have their students write a letter to their parents once a week (Thursday) telling their parents what they did that week. As a class they brainstorm a variety of ideas to write about. This helps with writing a letter and communication. Then parents are to write a letter back to their child in the same notebook. Do you do anything similar to this? If so, how do you keep all of it together? I thought about a three prong folder. They could also use this as a homework folder. What are your thoughts/ideas? Thanks!


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I do that. I put notebook paper in a three-pronged folder at the beginning of the year, with a xeroxed information sheet at the front. This is a separate folder from their homework folder. I will say that in recent years I've had less and less success with parents writing back. Maybe your population of parents will be more supportive and follow through.
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"Friday Folder"
Old 07-13-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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I do this...

In our "Friday Folder" one side has the stuff for the parents to look through. On the left side there is a sheet that I have typed on word that lasts about a month and is pre-dated where I write a sentence or two about what the child did over the week or any reminder I have for the parent/student. Then the parents are asked to write a note, sign, and return on Monday. In all honesty I did not have a great number of parents that wrote back. BUT I continued to do this so that I could show if a problem arose that I was communicating.

I have a communication folder folder for each student and I keep this sheet in that folder when it is filled for documentation. It has been VERY helpful in the past to have this documentation. It also helps to have a month at a time so that I can make sure that even if a child is struggling that I am writing not only "need improvement notes" but also "great job notes"
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Love the idea!!!
Old 07-16-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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I might try it this year...
What if notebook gets lost???
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Hopefully it doesn't get lost
Old 07-19-2011, 05:31 AM
 
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The district I was in last year had them in a three ring binder that had their weekly agenda, lunch menu, homework folder, take home folder and then their spiral notebook that they wrote their letter to their parents in. I was thinking that I might just get some during the no tax weekend. I just don't think a three prong folder is going to make it through the school year.

I guess if it got lost they would get a new spiral notebook!


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