Don't know if you're married with kids but I am, and I always include a recent summer photo of my family from vacation. This intrigues students a little, and also gives parents the message that "This teacher is a human being, who may have a better understanding of my child because he has children of his own."
If you're not married, then maybe a pic that highlights an interest (you and buddies at the local ballpark) or recent travel (you in a harness at a rock climb).
This, in turn, can be a springboard for you to ask not just for the usual supplies (every teacher does that), but for the student to bring in a picture on day one which features a similar focus on travel or interests or family.
Hi, I'm a new graduate from Purdue University and I've recently accepted a position as a fifth grade teacher. I'm very excited but also really nervous about everything to come. I've been checking out your posts of welcome letters and procedures and they are sooo helpful. I've never been in a fifth grade classroom before so anything you all are willing to post is GREAT!! Thanks again and keep em coming!! =)
I want to thank you for sharing your note to parents and procedures list. I taught Pre-K last year and now moving to 5th grade. I am very nervous and not sure where to start. I've been searchign the internet for ideas on what to do during the first week. I am not sure what grade you teach, but your information helped me. Thanks!!
I'm a brand spankin' new fifth grade teacher this year and would love to look over your classroom packet. I'm trying to put together my welcome letter and classroom supplies list right now. I've still got a week and a half before orientation, but I'd like to get as much done as I can beforehand. Still lots of core content to plan!!! Thanks in advance for your help, good luck in the upcoming year!