Happy New Year! It’s not New Year’s you’re thinking, but in school time it is — a new grade with a new teacher and a new class for me. We’re all off to a fresh start.
Yes, I am your child’s teacher, and I welcome you. I’ll respect and honor the privilege of being a friend and teacher to your child. He’ll be responsible to me, and I’ll be responsible to him. Just as you are his advocate at home, I’ll be his in school. What he does throughout the day will reflect upon me. He will become quite special and because you’re his parents, you will, too.
I know how unsettling it can be to entrust your child to someone you don’t know. I feel the same way as I send my three kids off to school. The good news is that we won’t be strangers for long as we’ll get to know each other more each day, and through them, we’ll get to know one another.
Something else we have in common is our expectations and hopes for a fabulous year. I’m not so naïve as to think that there won’t be concerns and perhaps some problems on both our parts. We need to share these with one another before they fester. If I offer a suggestion to you, please understand that I’m not criticizing you or your parenting skills, but may be able to offer solutions because I’ve experienced similar problems in other years.
You’re good parents. I know this. I have no doubt that you’ll make certain your child gets enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and comes to school on time prepared with all the necessary things that make a day run smoothly — his lunch or lunch ticket, notes about pick-up, homework folder, sneakers on gym days, permission slips, library books, etc.
A common complaint I hear the first few weeks of school is that the work is too easy. I agree. September is a month of learning new routines and expectations as well as a review of previously learned material. We’ll segue into more challenging work within a few weeks, but first, let’s use this time to settle in and bond as a class.
I ask that you respect my time with the children and not request, “Just a quick word” when I see you, unless it’s relating to an actual emergency. The best way to communicate with me is via email, text, voicemail, or a written note. I’ll do my best to respond that day. If I don’t, that means there is no time, but any message you send will never be ignored.
I’d like to end this letter on a philosophical note. I look at it this way; you are entrusting me with someone most precious to you. Please relax and enjoy watching your child gain confidence as he achieves small and large milestones socially and academically.
Together we can make this a great year. I look forward to meeting you!
With warm regards,
Your child’s teacher