Weekly Letter to Parents Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Writing a weekly letter to parents is a great way to keep them informed about what their children are doing and involved in their kids' education. This lesson offers a template you can use to write such a letter.

The Importance of the Weekly Letter

No matter what age level you teach, you probably understand how important it is to engage families in their children's education. Many families really want to know more about what their children are learning and doing in school, but they might not understand how to get involved. One way to help families understand more about their children's lives in schools is through a weekly letter. When you send weekly letters home to families, you:

  • keep parents informed about the daily goings on of your class,
  • show parents more about who you are and how you think about teaching and learning,
  • offer suggestions about what families can do to support their children's education, and
  • keep the lines of communication open and casual between home and school.

Of course, with everything else you are doing as a teacher, writing a weekly letter home can feel a bit daunting! This lesson provides a basic template you can follow each week as you write your letters. Obviously, you will need to modify the template to meet the needs of your particular class and families, but having a basic structure to follow will make weekly letters easier to keep up with.

Weekly Letter Template

Opening

As with any professional letter, you will want to start with the date and a friendly greeting, such as, 'Dear Families.' Some teachers like to write weekly letters in the form of a newsletter; your students might want to help you come up with a fun title for your weekly report.

Important Announcements

It is important to understand that some families just will not read past the first paragraph of your letter. For that reason, open with the most important information you need to impart. Some things you might include in this section are:

  • upcoming dates to remember, like field trips, early dismissal dates, or family conferences
  • things you need families to send in, like permission slips or extra clothing
  • names of new people in your classroom community.

Curriculum Updates

Many families are very interested in what their children are studying in school. As you write curriculum updates, focus on new things you have been doing this week. You should break down this section by subject area and keep each update brief yet comprehensive. If you have photographs or images to include from particular aspects of the curriculum, that can be especially meaningful to families.

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