Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Newsletter Woes

Hi, friends!

I've heard from a lot of blogger friends that a great way to see if your parents read your weekly newsletter is to put something for them to do inside the newsletter.  Well, I tried that on Monday.  HIGHLY disappointed today!  I wrote that if they drew buttons on the snowman then their students would receive a prize the next day.  I had 1 student bring their newsletter back with buttons on his snowman.  He told me that he read the newsletter and did it.  So, that means that not a SINGLE parent in my classroom reads my newsletter.  Any suggestions or tips that y'all have?  It was kinda sad.  I gave this student his prize and told the rest of my class to make sure that their parents read the newsletter or they read the newsletter to their parents (I have several Hispanic families in my classroom).  So, friends if you have any helpful tips please let me know.

Other news...I uploaded a Valentine's Day Packet. I love adding holiday stuff to my reading centers.  My kiddos get so excited! Here's a preview of what's included.

Click the picture below to download the packet. 

Lots of love,



  1. I get frustrated with newsletters too. I don't think any parents read my paper copies. I also email my newsletters to parents and though I sometimes get a response, overall I feel they're ignored. I sometimes even have parents ask me questions that are answered in the newsletter. We have to send everything home in English and Spanish because of our high Hispanic population, so I feel weekly newsletters take so much time and are hardly worth it. :-(

    On the bright side, your Valentine's Day packet is adorable!

    Simply Second

    1. Thank you! It's so good to hear that I'm not the only one. We have a high Hispanic population as well, but we do not have to send everything home in Spanish. I couldn't imagine spending that much time on my newsletter since my parents rarely read it.

      Thanks for the sweet comment about my packet! ;-)

  2. Good tip on the newsletters. I think I am going to try that next week and see what kind of a response I get back. Unfortunately I think I will get much the same.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. You'll have to let me know if you got a bigger response than me. Good luck!