Parent Communication

Here are some sample parent permission letters, all in PDF:
Communication about electronic portfolios is an important element of parental involvement. The following letter was sent to parents of 3rd grade students at the American School of Bombay:

 Dear Parents,

Thanks for your help with the step of going live with our ePortfolios.  Your child’s portfolio is now open for viewing.  Below is the text you should add your child’s name, copy and paste into a email message to those special people who will be viewing and responding to your child’s ePortfolios.

If you are receiving this note you are a person who has significant influence in the life of a third grader at the American School of Bombay.  We would like to invite you to become a constructive witness of that third grader’s learning by reading, following, and responding to what you’ve read in their ePortfolios.  The link to ____’s ePortfolio and his|her email address is below.

ePortfolio Link:

email address:

Please save this link as a book mark and use this email address to correspond with your ASB third grader.

We hope that you’ll take the time to follow your respective third grader and provide positive constructive feedback from time to time.  The aim of the portfolios is to share learning growth over time with a cloud of constructive witnesses.  The ePortfolios have been a great place for students to do their best to employ standard spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.  However that is not the focus of sharing them.  Our focus in sharing them with you is to engage you in meaningful transactions with a third grader.  With that in mind, here are some do’s and don’ts for writing or talking to students about their ePortfolios.

Thank you very much for your participation!

The Grade Three Team
American School of Bombay

Do:
  • Notice thought, notice capacities and growth.
  • Connect with student’s opinions, stories or ideas.
  • Share your intellectual curiosity; wonder aloud.
  • Encourage
  • Look forward to seeing more of their work.
  • Co-conspire…”You are interested in spiders? Me too, here’s an interesting website I’m reading about spiders”
Don’t:
  • Focus on mistakes
  • Offer false praise
  • Share how you would do something differently
  • Offer praise that is negated by a “but”
Happy Corresponding!

Thanks to Scot Hoffman, Nitasha Chaudhuri and Erica Barclay, third grade teachers at ASB, and Dr. Shabbi Luthra and her "dream team" of technology support staff for supporting these efforts.
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