In my classroom, each student has their own mailbox. Contained in these mailboxes are projects, notes home, permission slips, newsletters, invitations, etc. At the end of the day, these papers move from the mailboxes to the students’ backpacks and I send them off with hopes that their parents will look in the backpacks and see the papers. Unfortunately, when the next day’s papers go into the backpack, they get shoved in on top of the never-seen papers from the previous day and I get a phone call in the middle of my reading groups because a parent wants to know what (field trip, event, project, visitor) their kid was talking about.
I am active in my attempts to communicate with parents and if I am addressing an issue of high importance, I will call or e-mail the family. But, how can I get the other important information to all my students’ families in an efficient and effective manner? I would love to have my families be able to access information from the classroom newsletter without having to call and interrupt class time with a question. I would love to not have to seek out parents the morning of a field trip because they never signed the permission slip. How do you ensure the communication with your families is not one sided? Do you use a classroom website? Does your district provide something like Edline? Do you just take a few extra minutes and contact each family using their preferred communication method? Leave a comment and let me know how you communicate with your families.