Stay connected with parents and they will stay connected with you.
Give them the tools so they too, can best help their child.
I was searching around on the Internet this weekend for great ideas, like I always do and ran across Amy Swan's 3rd grade class. She had a great idea for math enrichment at home. She uses Aunty Math's Challenge of the week to have student's respond and react to the challenge problem. I thought it was/is a great idea, so here is everything you need to start it yourself.
Monthly Homework Calendars on the Homework Page
I am not going to put my newsletter up on this website anymore, because I post it weekly to my school website, www.hellomrsjones.com, under Parent Connections. You can look there to see it.
I must give kudos to a former co-worker and friend, Marisa Ramirez at P.K. Yonge, for the original creation of this newsletter. If you like the format of the newletter, you can click on the .doc template below. Save it in your documents and insert your own text and clip art, change color and fonts. To make a new one, I copy and paste it into a new document each week.
Newletter Template (doc)
Click here to read and learn more about our CGI math program.
Classroom Giving Tree Poster-at Back to School Night, I post this on the board with items written on sticky notes, and ask parents to see if there is something they would be willing to donate to the class. I also post a Teacher Wish List on my parent website, that way I can change and add wishes through the year.
Website Information Card cut to perfect square
Meet Your Teacher Letter (doc)
Meet Your Teacher Letter (pdf)
Go Folder Title Page (pdf)
Student Contact Information Card (pdf)
Welcome Signs (doc)
Welcome Signs (pdf)