7/10/11

Parent Notes

I've been going through my beginning of the year files and I thought I would share this note that I give to parents on the first day of school. I wish I could take credit for the idea or at least give credit to the right person, but I can't remember where I got this (Susan? Niki? Christina?). Thank you anyway!
What I have learned is that parents LOVE talking about their children. I have sent this home for about 10 years now and it really came in handy last year when my class size went from 20 to 31. Yes, 31 first graders! (This is off topic, but what is your class size this year with all of the budget cuts?) Anyways, these notes really helped me get to know my kids a lot sooner than I think I would have. One mom described her son as a St. Bernard (not a bull) in a china shop -- because he was playful and big, and hadn't grown into his size yet. CUTE! I have to warn you that you will inevitably get that ONE letter. You know what I'm talking about. The note that says their child was talking by 3 months, reading by 6 months, and was a published writer by the time they were one! THOSE notes are HILARIOUS to read and I'm always tempted to read them to my partner teacher. Instead, I bring them home and read them to my husband in a Thurston Howell the Third voice. It's always a bonus when you read a few that say how happy they are to have YOU as a teacher! :)
If you'd like this for yourself and don't want to retype it, click {HERE} for the version in color.   I also have a black and white version {HERE}.  Both versions are non-PDF so that you can make any changes, add your name, etc.  I think it's helpful to attach an envelope to it - I always put a cute little label addressed to ME. :)
I'm always looking for new ideas or an update to this so please share!

52 comments:

  1. Great Idea! I'd love a copy when you get a chance...megandw@yahoo.com.

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  2. I've never done this but I think I'd like to try it this year. I'd love it if you would email it so I don't have to retype, thanks for offering. jenn@finallyinfirst.com. Not only will I get the information about the child, I will gain an insight into the parents, too! I have 30 first graders. I had 31 when I taught 3rd & 4th. I am so envious of other teachers that have 20!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  3. What a great idea! I give parents surveys to fill out during our Developmental Profile, but this will give me some good information.

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

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  4. I always send a survey home for parents to fill out about their children, but I'd like to try this more open-ended response. I'd like a copy, please. :) Thanks for sharing!

    http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

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  5. I would love a copy.

    mrs.b.klinger@gmail.com

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  6. This is a phenomenal letter. I would LOVE to have an email copy to send home to my parents at the beginning of the year. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  7. I use it every year still! Fun to read the varieties of responses and excellent to reread before conferences to make parents feel like you really know their kid! :)

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  8. I would love to have a copy of this letter to send with the survey that I send home at the beginning of the year! I love the wording of the letter...thanks for sharing!
    Cathy
    beagle2love@hotmail.com

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  9. i would LOVE to have a copy of this letter...I send out one in the coming weeks before we go back to school...but this would be GREAT to have that first day! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Jennie
    hamiltonfamily@insightbb.com

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  10. I would love to get a copy.

    lorena.delgadillo@gmail.com

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  11. Very good idea. I have always done something similar - but yours is cuter! I would love a copy!
    Tessa
    tschep@live.com
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

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  12. I would LOVE a copy! I think this is a great idea and its so darn cute! Thank you for your time and ideas! My e-mail is tangelia.cannon@cmcss.net

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  13. I would love a copy of this letter- it is perfect. Thank you for being so generous and sharing!!

    My e-mail is:
    Tink898@msn.com

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  14. I would so appreciate a copy of your neat letter. It is always good to have as much information about our students as possible. Thank you. Liz
    lparce@hotmail.com
    elizabeth.parce@k12.sd.us

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  15. I would also appreciate a copy of this. I LOVE the wording! Thanks so much!

    Jodimastics@hotmail.com

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  16. Hey Kristin!

    I love your letter! Can you please email it to me? brittmale@gmail.com

    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love this! Thanks for sharing. Would you please email it to me? 924167169@gsc.edu

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  18. That's an awesome letter! I would love a copy of it! Thanks!

    KristenMErrickson@gmail.com

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  19. I've never had more than 21 students. I gasped when I saw you have 31. Hats off to you all who have that many students. I find it hard to get things done with 20 students. Do you at least have an assistant?

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  20. We can't have more than 18 students. I feel for you! I would love a copy of your letter. It's great.
    brantcc@bay.k12.fl.us

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  21. Aahhhh! Sorry! Thanks so much for coming to find me! :)

    davis.ashleyb@gmail.com

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  22. I would love a copy of the letter! Thanks so much! cbagwell59@gmail.com

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  23. I'd love to have a copy too! Thanks for sharing!
    ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

    www.justreed-ashley.blogspot.com

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  24. I would love a copy of this letter. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!
    gtcase@hotmail.com

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  25. I would love to have a copy of your letter. I really like it!
    THANK YOU! Sherry
    sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  26. The letter is perfect for the beginning of the year. I would love a copy. Can you email it please? Thank you for sharing!

    pds918@gmail.com

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  27. I would love a copy of your letter :-) I followed a link over from Miss Kindergarten's blog and now am a new follower, so happy to have found you.

    I'm starting my first year of First this year. Very excited!

    Mrs. Hall's Fab Firsts

    jenniferdawn73@gmail.com

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  28. I would love a copy of this letter! Such a great idea :)
    emilyp524@gmail.com

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  29. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love a copy. I have something similar but not as cute. twirlau@yahoo.com

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing this letter, I do something similar but this is much cuter! I would love it if you could e-mail me a copy when you have a chance.
    Thanks,
    Heather
    HSavaro@yahoo.com

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  31. I would love a copy! I like your letter much better than the one I have used for years. I am a new blogger-finally got started after reading other blogs all summer! I love your blog! I have a long way to go -hope to share soon! Thanks!
    My Kindergarten Kids
    loua1b2c3@hotmail.com

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  32. This is great! I'd love a copy!

    Thanks!
    Katie
    smileykate52@hotmail.com

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  33. Oh I would LOVE this as well! AmandaLynn85@gmail.com

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  34. What a lovely idea. Would love a copy if you find the time! nikki_greenfield@boulcott.school.nz

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  35. I would appreciate a copy of this letter. Thank you so much!

    mama_cita31@hotmail.com

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  36. me please! Can I also get the saying for the treasures ad extra bag treat please? Thank you
    rhi0519@comcast.net

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  37. I would love if you would email me this letter. I love it.

    Thank you

    jennygollup@gmail.com

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  38. I love this, can I please have a copy my e-mail is Dlamorte1109@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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  39. I love this, can you please send it to me. My e-mail is buttry6@aol.com. I am teaching First grade this fall. My class will have around 23 kids. Thank you.

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  40. I would love a copy. It is so kind of you to share!
    Please email me at
    ann.anderson@marshall.kyschools.us
    Thanks!
    Ann

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  41. I would love a copy if possible. Thank you.

    Courtney
    g8tr410@yahoo.com

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  42. I would love a copy if it is still possible? We start the school year in February here in Australia and I am now starting to plan for the new year! :)
    haberfield.claire.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

    Thanks!

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  43. Hey!! Just stumbled upon this! Would love a copy emailed over :) danielledandrea@aol.com

    Thanks!!

    Danielle :)

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  44. I realize that this post is almost a year old, but I just saw this and would love a copy. I just graduated from college and am looking for my first job and couldn't be more excited! I've also started my own little blog if you'd like to have a look! :) http://crayonspencilspaper.blogspot.com/

    tstjohn@ashland.edu

    Thanks!

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  45. I would love a copy of this letter! I am going to be first year teacher in first grade and have three drafts of a similar letter but none are as amazing as yours!

    cdouglass@topamail.com

    Thanks!

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  46. This letter looks great! May I please have a copy?? This is my 8th year teaching, but first year teaching first grade!

    Thanks! :)

    sonia.hofstetter@mcpherson.com

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  47. I would love to have a copy of this :)
    joanna.rae79@gmail.com

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  48. This letter is so genuine and meaningful! If you are still sending copies...I would be honored to have one! Thank you for sharing!

    jashell01@gmail.com

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  49. I would love to have a copy of this please! :) Thanks for sharing!

    brittney.firley@gmail.com

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  50. What a great idea! Thanks for being willing to share! I would love a copy.
    jeramie.kaye.thompson@gmail.com

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  51. I send home something similar, but yours is cuter! I would like a copy :) drobitaille3@gmail.com Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Thanks for sharing your copy with us. Not sure why people want you to send them a copy of it. I clicked right on your link and downloaded it and it worked great. Opened right up in Word. I'm excited to use it this year.
    Tammy

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

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