For elementary school teachers, effective communication with parents plays a critical role in student success. Each year brings a different classroom dynamic as well as parent community dynamic. So, it is important for teachers to decide the best way communicate with their students’ parents. Using today’s technological advances (e.g. email, texting, blogs, teacher webpages, and Twitter) enables us to easily and instantly distribute messages. However, not all parents possess the technology to receive information electronically. Consequently, the old fashioned weekly classroom newsletter continues to be quite effective. During my years as an elementary school teacher, at the end of each week I would send home a hard copy of the classroom newsletter with students (in the front of their binders). I also sent a digital version of the newsletter via email to their parents (just in case a newsletter did not make it into a binder or it was somehow lost in transit). It is almost certain that parents will receive the newsletter if it is in their child’s binder/homework folder (I suggest the front be the designated area). So, it is important to inform parents on Back to School Night or Open House where to look for the document that will contain important information regarding classroom activities and other pertinent information.
Here are 8 tips on how to design your classroom newsletter so that it catches parents’ eyes and doesn’t appear to be one sheet of paper amongst others.