Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back to School Tips and Tools Freebie Blog Hop

I am so excited to join my PA blogger buddies in hosting Tips and Tools for Back-to-School. 

If you are anything like me, you're probably feeling just a little anxious that summer is ending and school is just around the corner.  It seems like August just ticks away so quickly.  To help you with your back to school preparations, we each have a tip to share and a tool for you to use when you return to your classroom.

Make Positive Contact with Parents 

Start the year off on a positive note with parents.  Providing pleasant feedback early on will help to build a rapport with families and even soften a difficult conversation you may have to have later.  

On the first day of school I write a note in each child's planner.  I mention what a wonderful addition the child is to our class, and I share one special moment from the day.  
Example comment: "Kelsey had a great first day of 2nd grade! She was an excellent line leader today.  I'm looking forward to our year together."  
In addition, during the first week of school, I make phone calls to a few families each evening.  By the end of the week, I have had one positive conversation with each family.  Establishing a good rapport with families during the first few weeks of school will help to ensure a successful year.  :)

Message Bracelets

My tool for you is a set of message bracelets to use the first day of school.  Before school dismisses, simply attach a message bracelet to students' wrists.  When students arrive home, they can share the message on their bracelet with parents.  

You can print the bracelets in full color or copy the ink-friendly black and white version onto colored paper instead.  :)

Click on the image below to grab your freebie.

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Graphics and fonts used in this post were courtesy of I'm Lovin' Lit, Melonheadz, and KG Fonts.  Check them out!


  1. Wendy, I also agree that a strong/positive home-school connection needs to be established right away. LOVE the message bracelets!
    That First Grade Blog

  2. I love the bracelets idea! Parent communication can make or break your year!

  3. Those bracelets are adorable! Parent communication is so important! Thanks so much for the fun blog hop!

  4. Love those bracelets! Pinned them to a few boards for you...forgot to track the first two pins, but here's the url for one of them:

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  5. Parent communication is so important! Thanks for sharing the adorable bracelets!