It may still technically be summer but the “back to school” season is already here. Head to your local supermarket and you’ll see school supply lists and back to school specials. Drive by local schools and you’ll see signs announcing the start of school. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s time to start listening for the school bell to ring, so to speak.
If you’re a teacher, make things a little easier on yourself and all the harried parents out there by getting a jump on the back to school season and sending welcome back to school letters to your future students and/or their parents. Welcome back to school letters are a great way to accomplish many goals and start getting acquainted with your soon-to-be students before the school year actually kicks into gear.
With welcome back to school letters you can introduce yourself to your students and their parents, outline the curriculum for the year and any special events or projects, detail what school supplies will be required, and establish a code of conduct for your classroom such as the homework policy. All in all, welcome back to school letters are aimed at making students feel more comfortable, getting parents looped into what is happening or will be happening, and making sure you’ve filled everyone in so there are no surprises.
While parents are certainly busy during the back to school season, teachers have plenty on their plates. To take some of the burden off of teachers, I’ve created two free printable and customizable welcome back to school letters which can be used for any classroom, grade, or subject. One of the customizable welcome back to school letters is aimed at the student while the other welcome back to school letter is aimed at the parents. Below you’ll find directions for using either of the welcome back to school letters.
If you plan on using welcome back to school letters to prepare your future students and parents for the upcoming year it is advisable to send them out ASAP. The more time students and parents have to prepare (ex. purchasing school supplies) the better. Advanced notice will also give them ample time to voice any questions or concerns (rather than waiting for the first day of school). Make use of these easy, customizable welcome back to school letters today!
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Welcome Back to School Letters
To use the welcome back to school letters:
1.) Click the link to the welcome back to school letter you wish to use:
2.) Select “File” in the upper left-hand corner of the screen and then select “Make a copy”.
3.) Name your document whatever you like and click “Ok”. When you do this a new document (a copy of the template) will be created that you can edit.
4.) Edit the text to fit your classroom.
5.) When you’ve finished adjusting the letter, click “File” and then select either “Print” or “Download As” – if you select “Download As” you can download your letter as a Microsoft Word document, PDF, or Rich Text File to either print later or email.
That’s it! You’ve created a welcome back to school letter.
Do you have other welcome back to school letters that you think would be beneficial? Share the information in the comments!