One of the topics I discuss in my Parent Involvement workshop is starting the year off on the right foot. One of the ways you can do that is to prepare a Welcome Packet for the parents that includes FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about your grade or program.
The Importance of a Welcome Packet for Parents
Just like children, adults have different learning styles too; having a printed copy of the parent FAQ is helpful for those visual learners. Presenting the information to the parents orally during a presentation is helpful for auditory learners. Of course, you can also post it on your classroom blog.
What’s Inside a Parent Welcome Packet?
At the top you can see the front of my Welcome Packet. Inside I include a copy of the parent FAQ, three-hole punched and secured in the center. In the front pocket I place my welcome letter, first-day checklist, and my business card secured with a paper clip to the outside of the pocket. You can also purchase the folders that have a special space for the business card on the front pocket. In the back pocket I put any additional info like PTA membership forms and school uniforms etc.
I created a free, printable cover page for you to put on the front of your Welcome Packet. Click on the picture above to download the cover page. Just print the page of your choice on Avery Sticker Paper, then cut in half and attach to the front of your folders so you don’t have to spend extra time gluing. This file includes a page for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten as well as a blank one.
If you would prefer a pre-made template that allows you to type in and save your own info, see my Parent FAQ page HERE.