Monday, August 19, 2013

Parent Communication

I love this!

I work in a Title 1 school where about 90% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced lunch. We have many very involved, very caring families--but unfortunately all students are not in that situation. Sometimes we have to do the best we can without that support.

I think communicating with families is very important. They need to know what's going in class and also what's going on with their child. Where are they academically and behaviorally? I do this in several ways, I never want to hear a parent say they didn't know about an event:

1) Remind 101-I totally jumped on that bandwagon last year. I had 15/26 parents sign up and I think that's a pretty good turnout. They have flyers you can print with instructions on how they should sign up. The only problem I had was remembering to actually send the texts! :)

2) Class website-I do mine through and have had very few issues with them. I upload lots of pics and videos as well as doing digital portfolios on there to show their growth throughout the school year.

3) Dialogue journals-this is something I started last year and plan to continue. I have a journal for each student and will write something about their week to send it home on Fridays. I try to find something funny or interesting that they said or did and share that with their family. My hope is that they will write back over the weekend and return it on Monday. I want them to feel free to voice any questions or concerns they may have-sometimes I believe they feel like they are bothering you, even with just an e-mail. I would say about 50% of the parents participated regularly last year and a few said they really looked forward to reading the anecdotes about their child. So I got some composition books for the kiddos to decorate this year to continue with the tradition.

4) Weekly newsletter-I send mine every week despite rain or snow or broken copiers! :) I include the objectives for the week as well as any calendar and class updates.

5) E-mails-About once a month I will take pictures of an activity we are doing and forward those to parents who have provided me e-mail addresses. Last year I took first day of school photos and sent those to all the parents establishing that form of communication.

Do you have any other ways you communicate with your parents?


  1. Wow, that's a great quote!

    Communication is critical! My daughter just began teaching in an inner city school. The school has a 100% attendance for conferences because the school closes for two days and teachers go out to the homes/job sites to meet with parents.

    Your friday journal idea is awesome! I'm going to give that a try this year. :)
    Read With Me ABC

  2. I have been doing a class blog for the past three years and this year I am switching from blogspot to weebly. My intention though, is to blog instead of doing newsletters because the majority of parents provide me with email and I send a link to each new blog post once it's up. The problem, though, is that just doing the website leaves the few parents who don't use email out of the loop. I just feel like doing a newsletter and a blog is twice the work (and we try to be as paperless as possible), but I need to figure out a way to make sure ALL parents get the info that is posted on the blog if I'm choosing not to send any newsletters home. I would like to try remind 101, but I haven't looked into it yet. I've heard a lot of teachers mention it lately.

  3. Love the quote! I want to try remind101.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. I've done a weekly newsletter forever, then two years ago I switched to a class blog that I updated weekly. This year I'm still doing the blog but I'm adding a weekly newsletter again, but this time it will be emailed. I'm using Mad Mimi.
    Great quote!!
    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  5. I do a weekly newsletter, but I've wondered about an online component.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First