Early Parent Communications
Establishing expectations includes
communicating and building rapport with parents. This could be the first
assignment of the year. A good way to start this is a note home on the first
day of school. This letter may include:
- Preferred supplies
- Ways to contact teacher when necessary
- Upcoming events
Once you have opened the doors of
communication with parents, you're on the road to developing a trusting
relationship. There are several ongoing means of communication such as phone
calls, newsletters, progress reports, notes, happy-grams, volunteering and
conferences. Here are some general tips for fostering effective communication.
How to communicate
- Be professional in dealing with parents (avoid rumors and
- Be assertive, yet flexible enough to take appropriate
suggestions from others.
- Be direct. Be clear in what you say. Think through, in
advance, what you are going to say.
- Be sure to listen; show respect.
- Be positive, even when dealing with problems. Involve
parents in the decision making.
- Be friendly.
- Be sure to use plain language. Avoid using educational
- Be sure to proofread notes/newsletters before you send them
Frequency of communication
- Communicate as often as needed or desired.
- Keep a record/log of notes, calls and other forms of
communication to document interactions.
- If you have any doubt about the communication you are about
to send to a parent(s), discuss it first with an administrator, colleague or
- Inform an administrator and your mentor of any problems.
This way they can back you in case they receive communication from the