What will you need for your first meeting with parents and students?
Make a list of all the materials and supplies you will need to greet your students on the first day or at a Meet the Teacher Night. Ask yourself the following questions:
Regardless of whether you have a Meet the Teacher night or parents are permitted to walk their children to class the first day, you will need a sign in sheet to gather parent information and determine how the student goes home at dismissal.
Create a sign in sheet for your first day using a table in a word document, or a spreadsheet. Include the following fields:
* Students may go home in a multitude of different ways depending on the school. Check with your school to find out how your students are to be dismissed.
Parent volunteers can contribute a great deal to the classroom community and make a teacher’s life easier. They are a tremendous source of support and should be recruited early and treated with gratitude and appreciation.
In addition to having the initial sign in sheet, you can create a second sign in sheet to recruit parent volunteers to help out in the classroom, provide supplies, and chaperone field trips. If parents are reluctant to sign up, a follow up letter requesting volunteers can be sent out after school starts.
Once you have parent volunteers, make sure you take care of them. Make sure you send thank you notes, coffee gift cards, or some gesture of appreciation for the time they contribute to your classroom.