What We Should Say to Parents Each Week
Strong home-school communication is an important facet of any successful school. While reluctant at first, I’ve become a big fan of writing a weekly newsletter to our parent community. A strong weekly letter can be so much more than a great space for reminders, event notices, and important announcements, and it is important that we challenge ourselves to share more than the date and time of the next parent coffee klatch.
I use our weekly newsletter to:
1) Highlight the important work of our teachers and students.
2) Reiterate our school mission and showcase how our school is championing that mission.
3) Discuss my educational philosophy and vision.
4) Respond to current events, recent articles, and things that might be buzzing around our community.
5) Share my learning as the lead learner of my division.
6) Encourage, persuade, teach, and challenge our community in different ways for the benefit of our students.
Some weeks I have so much to say it’s hard to decide what topic I should share, while on other weeks the inspiration for my newsletter is slow to come to me. It’s an important forum, though, so I do my best to make my “virtual mailbag” worthwhile. I know that no one letter or conversation defines my parent outreach or determines the success of our communication strategy. Rather it is the consistent and steady dialogue about the stuff that matters most that ultimately shapes our work.