An important first step in the beginning of the year is to establish family contact.  Preferably it is in person or via phone call.  However, if you simply don’t have the time to try and make contact with every student’s family, then try sending home a family / welcome letter.  

To make your communication more effective, go beyond one-way communication, by requesting the student’s family to share additional information about his/her child.  Try adding these questions to your parent / family welcome letter, ask the family to answer them, and return it with the student:

  • How would you describe your child?
  • What are your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your goals for your child this year?
  • What commitments does your child have outside of school?
  • What is your contact information?

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