Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom. Frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.
A weekly or monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping parents informed and it strengthens parent/teacher communication. Put together a newsletter for your students to take home to their parents. Include in it what you have covered in class in the previous few weeks, what’s coming up, and your contact information. You can also post student’s birthdays, important reminders, list of things that are needed for class projects, perfect attendance, volunteer information, missing assignments, Student of the Week/Month, homework assignments, individual student behavior, samples of student's work, classroom pictures, etc., whatever you feel that needs to be in your newsletter. Try to get the students involved in making the newsletter by having them write articles, draw pictures, etc. and be a reporter for the classroom. You could also ask the students to tell you one fun thing they did in CCD each time you prepare to write new newsletters. It's a great way to incorporate kids' opinions while at the same time sharing with parents the many fabulous things you do in the classroom that their child may not be telling about at home. You can even include a place at the bottom of the newsletter for the parents to sign saying they read the newsletter - they tear that off and return it to the teacher.
During CCD Open House ask the parents if they are interested in having the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. Have a Class Contact List at the door for the parents to sign their name and their contact information (email address). Most parents prefer the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. The most common comment from parents is usually "Most of the time, Johnny doesn't even get home with the newsletters!”
corkboardconnections.blogspot.com- Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter
scholastic.com- Teaching Tip: Newsletters Made Easy
Make your own newsletter template or use the ones below:
kellyskindergarten.com- Each newsletter document is designed as a template so that you can easily modify it for your classroom. Simply type your information in the boxes. You can change the "headlines" by highlighting them and then typing your own headlines. Two newsletter documents are provided for each month. You can choose to use one or both depending on how long you want your newsletters to be. The graphics used for each month coordinate so that you can use both formats together.
educationworld.com- 2 regular newsletter templates as well as a back to school, and monthly templates with themes.
readingrockets.org- Editable weekly newsletter template
k6edu.com- Monthly newsletter with: Teacher, Student's Name (to make each newsletter personal), This Month’s News, Looking Ahead, Reminders, Something Special, and Behavior Box (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Preparation. A rating scale is provided as well.)
preschoolprintables.com- Using the menu on the left you can chose between monthly, weekly and blank classroom news. We have classroom news for several holidays and seasons.
coloringcolorado.org- Create your own classroom newsletter by having the students do it. Suggestions and links provided.
worddraw.com- Editable Preschool Newsletter Template (2 provided)
2care2teach4kids.com- Several preschool templates are posted
brighthub.com- Ten Places to Find Great Microsoft Word Church Templates
amazingclassroom.com- Create your own custom classroom newsletter
templatform.com- Classroom Newsletter Template
teacherspayteachers.com- This is a set of free editable newsletter templates for use in your classroom. All documents were created with Microsoft Word and include Microsoft Office clip art.
worddraw.com- Free class newsletter templates that teachers download and use to create a classroom newsletter in micro soft word format.
amazingclassroom.blogspot.com- Here is a free classroom newsletter template in Microsoft Word format. Just click on the link below to download it and save it as a file somewhere on your computer. Use it in your classroom to keep your parents up-to-date!
doctemplates.net- Free newsletter templates
teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Editable Newsletter Templates
inewslettertemplates.com- School Templates
abcteach.com- Newsletter Forms
sampletemplates.com- 7 Sample Classroom Newsletter Templates to Download
My Monthly Newsletter- Here is my simple newsletter for my 1st grade students that I send home every month.