How do you welcome students for a new school year as the lead learner of a school?
Kas Nelson, an amazing principal in Oklahoma, shared how she sends all 220 of her students a welcome back to school letter via snail mail and the impact that’s had on her learning community.
I loved this idea, and decided I would create my own letter to students, sitting on every student’s desk to take home at the Meet & Greet (the day before school begins). Knowing so many of our students wouldn’t be able to read the words in my letter, I was sure to include colorful photos and a QR code, connecting to an audio recording of my voice, reading the letter! You’ll see a comment below the letter from a family of a student, who loved hearing my voice!
On the back side of the letter, I included ways for parents to engage and connect with our school district! Our district strives to reach our parents where they are, through multiple means. Each classroom has an Instagram account & our school and district breakdown the walls and share learning through our school and district hashtags. While our district uses the traditional “School Messenger” software to send email/phone alerts to families, we have found that REMIND has connected us directly to parents’ cell phones! Again, each classroom teacher has found great success facilitating two-way communication using REMIND.
This is a quick and easy way to begin the relationship with your families!
How do you start the new year with the students and parents in your school?