Classroom Management

Editable Monthly Newsletters

April 10, 2017

What works for one doesn’t always work for the other

As a first-year teacher, there’s a lot of trial-and-error involved. Thanks to sites like TeachersPayTeachers, Pinterest, and hopefully now Tenspire, there are so many great ideas to try out! But often times we forget that what works for one classroom/teacher doesn’t always work for the rest of us. I learned this the hard way during my first year teaching first grade.

Emails and Texts

I read about a teacher who communicated with her students’ parents via e-mail and a text app only. No paper was involved, and many people liked that idea. So I decided to try it out with kids’ parents by sending my weekly newsletter via e-mail. Holy. Smokes. Maybe my group was an exception, but this created so much stress for me.

I would send out the newsletter Monday morning, and by Tuesday morning I could have up to 15 e-mails waiting for me! It seemed to be viewed as a text message that needed to be responded to and the e-mails would just pile up. In addition, it must have made me appear too available because I began to receive tons of time-sensitive e-mails in the evening and on weekends. It just became too much.

Newsletters

That’s when I decided that for me, a very detailed printed newsletter would still work the best. To make sure they included everything I wanted, I created my own! {Click on the picture below to find them in my TPT store!}

What’s Included?

In this GROWING bundle of newsletters, you’ll find 2 monthly newsletters and 5 weekly newsletters for each month of the school year. Each newsletter comes in color AND in black/white. The bundle currently includes newsletters for November, December, January, February and March. You will receive it as a PowerPoint product and have the ability to edit all of the categories!

How Can I Use Them?

Once you download the bundle, you will see examples of how I used my newsletters in my classroom. They were SO handy for letting parents know what skills we would be working on in each subject, homework for the whole week, and any special dates or projects that were coming up. All of this information fits perfectly on the page! To help keep things extra simple, I would print each week’s newsletter on the front of a page and include their spelling words, Sight Words, and Reading Log on the back. This kept all of their important information for that week in one place!

I loved how much these newsletters simplified my communication with parents, and I hope that they do the same for you! If you’ve used something similar or would like to see something different on the newsletters, I’d love to hear from you!

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