Every summer I look forward to getting my class list and finding out who my "kids" will be for the next year! :) Once I get that list, I hand write a post-card to each child so that I can introduce myself, invite them to our school's Meet and Greet and get them excited for a fun year of learning!
I feel that this simple gesture helps soooo much in building positive relationships with both my students AND parents. I have so many parents thanking me for sending their child mail. Many of them say it was the first time their child ever received mail and they wish they could've captured the look of sheer joy and excitement as they read the post-card out loud. These post cards help to let my students know that I care and they seem to be a little less nervous upon meeting me (because they feel they kind of already know me).
I would always purchase generic post-cards at the local teacher supply store. It was about $5.00-$7.00 for a pack of 25. If I had more than 25 kids, I had to purchase two packs.
Last year, I decided to just save myself some money and create some post cards of my own!
I finally got around to putting it all together into an editable file. There are 5 different post card styles to choose from, with the last style being grade level specific.You can open this file up in Power Point and type your own messages as well as student addresses. If you prefer to hand write, you could simply print the post cards then write each message out.
You will need to print on both sides of the card stock…so I recommend playing around with printing a little before printing out all your post cards!
I also have these post cards available as a freebie in my TPT store! :)