My back to school parent night is quickly approaching. Like most teachers, I create some sort of parent night handout each year that includes key information about my class procedures. I used to make a flip book, but I always had problems with the pages lining up correctly. So, last year I created a mini folder with cascading pages. It took me about the same amount of time as the flip book, and I liked the final product much better. The back to school parent handout includes my contact information, classroom management procedure, grading policy, study tips, schedule, and a few other tidbits.
How do I make a back to school parent night handout?
- CLICK HERE to visit my blog and download the editable MS PowerPoint template.
- There are pre-set text boxes in the PowerPoint file where you will type the information that you want to share with parents.
- Cut down 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock and fold to make the mini folders that will hold the pages. The specific directions for making the folders are in THE BLOG POST with the template.
- Create and assemble each folder with the pages in the correct order. I also print a label for the front cover.
What information should I include in my back to school parent night handout?
- Contact information: I include my email address and phone number along with best times to call. I also outline some expectations about a response time. I return all call and emails within 24 hours on weekdays.
- Extra Help: I list the times I am available for extra help. I try to offer one day a week after school for 30 minutes and one day a week before school for 30 minutes.
- Class Schedule: With the general class schedule, I add any notes about dismissal directions, special dress code for PE… things like that.
- Study Tips: I give a list of specific tasks that students can use to review for all tests and quizzes (make flashcards, use review sheets, have a buddy call out questions or vocabulary, make a list…).
- Late Assignments, Missing Work, and Grading Policy: I also have notes about our weekly folder that goes home with graded papers in this section of the materials.
- Reading Requirement, Math Facts, or any Weekly Work
- Classroom Management and Discipline: I give a brief overview of my discipline plan and classroom expectations for behavior. I include consequences that may occur for repeat offenses and highlight rewards that recognize positive choices.
In addition to the paper parent night handout, I post an electronic version on our parent website since I know many will be lost! However you choose to create a class information packet, sharing details about your classroom community with parents at the beginning of the year is always a good way to kick off the school year.
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