As a new teacher, I am interested in introducing myself and welcoming the students back to school with a letter. Has anyone done this? If so, when should I mail the letter? What should I incude in the letter?
hi! i am also a new teacher this year and i was thinking about the same type of letter. but instead of mailing the letter i am probably going to have them on the students desks when they enter the room on the first day.
I do this, but since I teach at such a small school, I really don't introduce myself. I ask about their summer and tell them about some of the highlights of fourth grade. Hopefully, this gets them excited about school starting. I usually mail them 1-3 weeks before school starts. They LOVE getting letters in the mail!
There are lots of great letters on these posts from PT friends, but there is a really nice letter and a get to know my student form on Mrs. Walker's 4th grade class. If you do a google search you will pull it up.
Good luck on your first year! Keep checking back....you will find so many fantastic ideas!
I send postcards to cut down on the cost. They still get a little expensive if you have a large class. I usually just say something like, welcome to 4th grade. I look forward to meeting you and your parents. Hope you can attend Open House on ______________. I am planning some neat activites and field trips for you. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you on __________.
Hope that helps.
The summer has ended,
The school year has begun.
But this year is totally different,
I promise we'll have fun!
Welcome to my classroom,
I can't wait for school to begin.
A lot of fun things planned,
I can't wait to see you again!
**I had these students during our 3rd -4th grade buddies. So I already know them quite well. We are a 1 section school.
I mail my letter about 2 weeks before school starts. I usually include a list of general supplies they will want to get before school starts. I also put in a pinch or two of confetti. They kids love that part!
I do a rap sheet that I give parents at the Meet the Teacher (day before school starts. It basically gives them info on me since I will be spending so much time with their child. I include educational background, family info, interests, special workshops, contact info, and wish list info. Parents always comment that it's nice to know something about the teacher on a personal level.
Welcome to 4th grade. I am going into my 4th year in 4th.
I always send notes home as soon as I get my class lists. I just did a post card to the kid on my first year. Last year, I sent a parent letter and enclosed the post card in the enevelope, asking the parents to give the postcard to their child. I brought them to school so they could mail them out to cut down on postage.
This year, I will send a parent letter and kid friendly letter in the same enevelope. My administrator volunteered to help us with the process if we prepared the letters beforehand. When the official lists are made, the secretaries will mail the letters out for us. Of course, I took her up on this.
Also, what really made a difference last year, was the phone call a day or two beforehand. I called each of my students and let them know how much I was looking forward to meeting them on the first day. I also confirmed whether they received my postcard or not.
It made a big impression on the kids and the parents!
I don't have posting priviledges yet but when I do, I will upload my letters for you to see. In the meantime, you can always email me and I will send you a copy.
I have a wonderful principal who sends out the teachers and class lists in the end of the year report cards...we have all summer to make connections. I sent a lparent/student letter about 2 weeks after school was out explaing how I was excited about having them in my class...I also share a little about myself and my family, just so they can get to know me a little better. I then remind them to practice their multiplication facts (I teach 4th grade), because we are going to be moving to division, I also encourage them to read, and I also encourage them to take pics or look for pics that they have taken, from magazines, etc. to bring during the first week to decorate their writer's notebooks.
I also sent each student a postcard from one of my vacation spots to encourage them to have a safe and fun summer. I will also send one more post card in about a week to invite them to our meet the teacher night...it may seem like a lot, but last year, when my students arrived, I had already made connections, and they were so excited about receiving mail!! A little sacrifice of writing and mailing on my part...not much to start forming a relationship...around $25.00...well worth the effort and money!!!
They had super cute postcards 25 for 1.00!!! One just said Welcome on a chalkboard with cute border and the other said A note from your teacher... I cant wait to mail them out. It was a good deal. Now i know what to write on them!!
This will be my second year teaching 5th grade, and this year I wanted to mail the students a letter before school to get them excited.
pooh_girl... I love the letter you sent out to your students, especially the idea of having them talk about their favorite books. I think I will include that in my letter. It's the perfect segue into indtroducing the book that I will be reading to them throughout the first marking period.
I also added a little challenge at the end- a prize to any student who can name the literary device used in the greeting, "Future, Fabulous, Fifth Graders." Thanks again!
here is the letter (mostly) that i sent this year. the letter pretty much stays the same from year to year, but our curriculum/plans are altered; what i do each summer, obviously; and the theme--some years i get into it a little more...