CorePlanner Blog


First Day of School Practices: Letters Home

Are you heading back to school on Tuesday?

We will be back in full swing after a two week break. Despite a short time with my students during summer session, Tuesday feels like the real first day of school.

I’ve been thinking about how to welcome the school year and introduce myself to the families. Each year, I’m struck by the trust and responsibility families place in their children’s teachers. It’s a honor that deserves to be recognized.

Usually, I write a letter to families which introduces me, my beliefs about teaching, my goals for the year and, of course, explains how to reach me. This year, in an ongoing effort to include more technology in the classroom, I’m thinking about having the students record a video message that speaks to my goals in the classroom and those of my students.

How about you? Do you send letters home to parents? I have heard of some teachers who send baked goods. Others make home visits. How do you welcome the new year?

I’d love to know!

-¬‐ Annie Krut, M.Ed.

Annie is on a mission to teach kids the skills they need to be happy. She’s using neuroscience, the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Get the curriculum at and join the conversation on Twitter: @eighthugs