Individual Mailboxes-These mailboxes fit on the back of the students' chairs. Cut the top off a cereal box. Cut away portions of the sides and front. Cover the box with Contact paper. Let the students decorate their own mailboxes with names, pictures, stickers, etc. Punch two holes near the top of the box back and thread yarn through holes. Tie it to the back of the student's chair. This mailbox can be used for papers, art projects, etc.
Telephone Log- Keep this by your phone and fill it out each time you make a parent call (you never know when you're going to need to refer to it)
Classroom Brochure- This was created by Kelly Brown, and is a fantastic reference to making your own brochure. You can mail it out to families before school starts, or have it available at open house/parent-teacher conferences. Check out the Vista Print link on the Free page to find out how to get your brochures printed for free! Here is a sample brochure that uses Kelly's information-please replace the font and pictures with something jazzier-this was a fast and simple job (not suitable in it's current state for parents).
Lunchbox Notes-These cute note templates can be used to give a well-deserved compliment or a much-needed piece of praise to students. Stick one in their desk or lunchbox to see a smile.
Fast Note Template- Need to write a quick note for parents? Using this template, write the note on the top half, cut and paste the note onto the bottom half and then cut in half. I've even printed these off my printer in a crunch-the fact that you get two a sheet makes it possible. Staple into assignment books and you're done!
Sample Party Note- Change the information and send this note home before parties for full parent notification and feedback.
Volunteer Note- This is the note I pass out at Open House to recruit volunteers. The design is a bit corny, but it works. I only ask for party and field trip parents right before the event, as the excitement is greater at that point. This is more for classroom parents that want to help out in the room.
Weekly Progress Report- Again, great for a Friday MOOSE folder. Allows parents to see how their child did that week.
Homework/Behavior Schedule- Keep this in a folder and fill it out each day for parents.
Reminder Bracelets- Enter the needed item in this template, cut and staple on the wrists of your students. Great for field trip forms, lunch $, picture $, etc.
Communication Books, Courtesty of Mr. Moore
MOOSE Folders- I came across this concept while surfing the many classroom websites out here. It is a type of communication folder that many teachers use to communicate with parents. Check out Ms. Camponi's WOLF Binders for great pictures of this folder idea. This is also another great website with pictures. Ms. Meacham uses Bee Books and has a great site about it here.
Classroom Handbook- This is a fantastic resource from Laura Candler. Elementary students aren't quite old enough for a syllabus, but they still have a need to see what the big picture of the classroom looks like. Go through and input your own information into the handbook-what a great reference for parents!
Sample Parent Newsletter- This template was given to me by Kristine Oke, my mentor teacher while I was student teaching. It's a great format to fill in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Another Sample Newsletter
Yet Another Sample Newsletter- If it asks you to open as a read-only, just click 'no'. It will still open.
Newsletter with Table of Contents- For longer, text based newsletters
Use these templates to print your own business cards-sorry, you do have to cut them out by hand. Pass them out at open house, parent conferences, etc. You can also use them as labels for your boxes and cabinets around the room-just modify the text!
Black Checker Border- Lime, Hot Pink, Periwinkle Blue, Hot Pink Inside Border
HP's Business Card Site- Free business card creator
Mandy Gregory's Site on Parent Communication