As you’re heading back to school and looking for something special to do for your students, you might like to consider sending them a letter!
Just think about it?
Kids never get anything in the mail. Heck…besides emails, kids might never interact with mail. Getting a letter from their teacher before school starts would definitely stand out with your students!
I know that the start of the year has a lot of small tasks that will take up your time… but this is worth your time. It’s investing a little time at the beginning of the year to have great returns later one!
Here’s why sending your students a letter would be such a benefit and helpful secrets to writing the perfect welcome back student letter!
Start on the Right Foot
A letter is a perfect way to start on the right foot. Before your students even meet you, they are getting a message from you that they matter. So secret #1: Show them that you care about them from the start!
Include short messages that you want them to know:
Who you are matters!
In our classroom, everyone is special!
I don’t expect you to be perfect; I expect you to try hard!
Whatever messages you plan on telling your students all year long, now is the time to start!
You can even give them a quote to start memorizing for the first day of school! Of course, you want to make it super easy so that everyone feels successful.
“I can do anything!”
“My teacher believes in me!”
“Second grade will rock ’cause I rock!”
The point of the letter is to have the student’s feel welcomed from the start. Having them feel like their school year with you is going to be special!
Let Them Get to Know You
Sending a letter is a great way to introduce yourself. You can let your students know a little about yourself, and this helps them to get to know you. You can mention some of your favorites that kids can relate to such as: foods, color, movie character, super hero, etc.
Oh, and if you did something fun over the summer, tell them about it in the letter. For some reason, kids don’t always realize that teachers have a life outside of the classroom. (Well, sometimes we don’t…)
Secret #2: Add a picture of yourself! It could be just you, you on vacation or with your family! Regardless, adding a picture makes your letter that much more fun read!
Calm their Fears
Jitters! Jitters! The first day of school can be a little stressful for some students, especially for primary students. (I’ve had my fair share of criers!) Sending a letter home before school starts can help calm some of those jitters. Secret #3: Explain a little bit of what to expect the first day of school and even the first few minutes when school starts.
Something like: “When you get to school, look for the number 12 and line up! I will be outside greeting everyone, and I will say hi to you! Then we will go in the classroom and have lots of fun. On the first day of school, we are going to color, read stories, sing songs, learn all about 2nd grade and I even have a surprise for you!”
Secret #4 might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning! Secret #4: Make sure you are addressing the students. While parents will read it, you still want your student to know/feel that it was written just for him or her!
If you would like, you can also send the parents a more formal letter to introduce yourself. If you are going this route, then make sure you have two separate letters.
So are you ready to write a letter! Here is a rough outline of what you can include in your letter!
- Welcome them to their new grade
- Introduce yourself
- Tell them about what to expect
- Give any special directions for the first day
- Include a picture
Even though these secrets might seem simple, put together they will make for an awesome Welcome Back letter! I know that when your students receive their letters they are going to feel special and excited for the new year! It is a wonderful way to get your students looking forward to meeting you and creating positive connections with them!
If you are still not too sure where to start with a letter, I have done the work for you. I’ve created simple and editable teacher letters that you can fill in and send out right away! You can even copy my sample letter! Just chose the design you want, fill in your information and print!
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