Original Parent Newsletter for Spanish Class post from 2014
Why a Parent Newsletter?
- Establishes positive parent communication. Builds family relationships with the guardians of your Spanish students.
- Helps parents of any World Language Classes meet the teacher and discover why learning another language is important.
- It is excellent for a first-year teacher or your first year at a new school to establish productive parent relationships.
- Get parents involved right away with a contract and video permission form that they return.
What to include in a back-to-school Parent Newsletter?
Here is what I included in my 1st-week parent newsletter for parents of my Spanish class.
- ✅ Why it is important to learn another language
- ✅ How language learning works
- ✅ Teacher contact information & Meet the teacher
- ✅ Parent and Student contract (to return)
- ✅ Spanish Video Permission form for authentic movies/ programs (to return)
My new fully editable 2-page Spanish parent newsletter could be edited to use in any World Language class.
How to use a Spanish Class Parent Newsletter?
- ✅ Send home a paper copy of this guardian newsletter on the 1st day of school.
- ✅ &/or Email the Spanish parent newsletter out if a parent listserv is available. During the 2020 school year instead of having parents sign a paper and send it back, I emailed the completed newsletter. Parents filled out a simple google form of yes/no I read & yes/no video permission. Do what works for you.
- ✅ Later edit the newsletter template for regular, positive communication with parents for the rest of the year. (I always had great intentions of a regular newsletter. But, I think one per quarter was the best I ever did. I included updates about what each class was learning about & ideas for enrichment outside of school).
Other Ideas for Positive Parent Communication
- Positive calls/emails home. Pick 3 students each week to contact their guardians positively.
- Invite parents, guardians, and other important people to be guest speakers in class. (Especially if they speak another language or have traveled).
- Use the newsletter template & edit it to send regular updates home.
- Invite people to come to observe the class.
- Have a class social media that parents and students can follow for class updates.
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More Back to School Blog Posts
- Syllabus for Spanish
- 1st Day of Spanish Class
- Interpersonal Communication Skills Posters
- Spanish Class Resource Library for Back to School
- 1st Week of Spanish Class Round-Up
- Mis Clases Locas Curriculum for Spanish 1-4