Saturday, February 19, 2011

I come before you to stand behind you.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another wonderful year. I’m so excited for what we have in store for us in the next eight months!
Just a few quick things I’d like to bring you up-to-date on before the school year officially starts. Every Friday the children will have the opportunity to eat their lunches in the classroom while watching a movie. In the event that a child receives more than 10 marks against their name throughout the week, that opportunity is then taken away from them for that week. There will also be an extra recess at every month’s end, in which any child with less than 25 marks for the total month will be able to attend.
Also every Friday is the opportunity for your child to bring money to buy lunch for the Ala Carte.
Again, I’m very excited and can’t wait to meet all of you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, feel free to contact me via the school's office phone or by e-mail. Please give a 24 hour advance heads-up in the event that you would like to come directly to the classroom. Lunch is from 11:30-11:50 and I will be in the classroom after school until 4 p.m.
See you in September!

Chelsey Hann
Phone# 555-555-5555

My sample letter leaves out my home phone number, because my teacher told me to take it off. That being said, I think it's important to make yourself available to your children's parents. I do understand that there are some parents out there that think the sun shines out of every orphus of their child, and that they will steam roll you given the chance. However, I don't totally like the idea of putting limits on when you're a teacher and when you're not. If you want to stop me in the grocery store and go over your child's book report, feel free. I do not want to just teach from 8-3 every day. I'll be there whenever.


  1. I love your blog. And I have discussed book reports, quarter grades and ADHD diagnoses in the McDonald's parking lot, the grocery store and down on Mass Street. But let me just say - I am in my classroom from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and have a phone on my desk and an email account constantly open on my computer. No parent needs to call me at home! Maybe that's the difference between elementary and middle school, or general ed and special ed, but that is how I operate and no one's ever complained. Do what is right for you. And keep up the blogging!

  2. You have a desk phone?! :o I now have a new goal: work for a school where I get my own phone. I like to feel special like that.

    Also, it's not so much that I really feel the need to give out my home number (I don't even HAVE a home number, although there is this really cute Shrek phone that I want), it was more the "putting out bounderies" that I was having a hard time accepting.

    I'm glad you talk to parents in Mcdonalds. That's why you're my FCIL. :)