Parent Letter From Teacher: End of the School Year (Sample)
(If you’re not a teacher, read on to discover their secrets. If you are, this will be handy).
All right. You’ve been teaching your class for nearly a year and now you want to send out something positive to parents.
To help, I’ve produced a “parent letter from teacher: end of the school year sample” for you to adapt and use if you choose. Though, really, I’d like to inspire you to do-it-yourself because it’s better that way.
To begin with, here are 5 ways to improve that end of year parent letter:
- Be Personal I flinch whenever I see letters going out headed: “Dear Parent or Guardian.” It’s an oxymoron. How can they be dear if they’re mentioned so anonymously? Given you’ve been teaching their child all year, it’s worth the effort to address parents individually. Besides, it fits. After all that time, it would be rude not to mention them personally.
- Are You For Real? I know this seems obvious, but only write something if it’s true. Drafting suck up letters to parents would be beneath you and is probably pointless anyway. By all means, be positive. But keep your precious integrity and say less if needs be.
- Remember Your Beautiful Voice Surf the web and you’ll find plenty of “end of the year teacher letters to parents” samples. They can be helpful. But they’re not from you. Your unique “voice” and thoughts are definitely best. So don’t be afraid to let yourself show, even in your letter to parents. Keep it professional but let your warm and personable self, show.
- Is That an Order? Sometimes, with the best of intentions, teachers cross the line. Instead of suggesting, they direct parents. This is embarrassingly bad. Parents deserve respect. Which is why some “parent letters from teachers: end of the school year samples” are bossily offensive. Personally, I recommend teachers treat parents like clients. Whether you feel you know better or not, giving respect dignifies everyone.
- Give Me a Break! More specifically, give them a break. Children will forget some things and lose proficiency over a long break. But that’s merely a blip. It won’t wreck their academic success. Nor will it ruin their future. Let kids have unstructured fun and be free from the responsibility of schoolwork, at least for a little while. After all, nobody appreciates taking her job on vacation. If you still feel concerned that Johnny needs to do some school-related work over the break, give it appeal for parents as well as their child. The last thing any busy parent needs is more running around and onerous homework.
So… here’s a parent letter from teacher: end of the school year sample:
Good morning Mary & Tom
Working with your son Tyler has been a delight. Given his willing attitude and dedication, you must be so proud of him. Together with his classmates, Tyler has investigated all kinds of themes this year, including:
- How the government works
- The science of the human body
- Life in pioneering times
- And much more besides (including my favorite staples of mathematics, spelling, reading, and writing).
At Tyler’s request, I’ve gathered a few vacation activity ideas he might enjoy to engage and get him thinking:
- Take a regular weekly trip to the local library. Tyler can choose a few books he likes, fiction and non-fiction. He could also bring along a few friends.
- Tyler could consider beginning a top secret not to be revealed diary, of everything fiercely mysterious and hush hush…
- Tyler could do some cooking and perhaps prepare some family meals. Whether done together, or solo, it could be fun discovering some tasty recipes.
- Can he build it? Yes he can! Tyler might like to try assembling a cool kit or two. Either that, or help put together your next fine print buy that declares, “some assembly required.”
- How about Tyler doing some sleuthing at the museum? Or maybe gazing at some funky gallery art works? Tap into some local freebies and it’s amazing what you’ll find.
- Perhaps it’s time Tyler went to work on something radical. He could plan it, draw it, and explain how it works. Then…he can put it together, designing with wire, papier-mâché, string, video, wood, or whatever. Just be sure he takes photos to prove it.
- Then again, Tyler could begin a business with friends. There’s car-washing, window cleaning, recycling…you name it. Best of all, he can be inspired imagining what his earnings could buy!
Whatever Tyler ends up doing, I want to encourage him to make the most of his time by having fun, being a practical help at home, and getting involved.
Thanks again, Mary and Tom, for your support this past year and if I can be of any other help to you, please let me know.