I love Linky Parties! I am linking up with First Grade Frame of Mind's Blog to share my Back to School letters. If you haven't figured it out yet, I can't do anything simple and that is one of my biggest strengths AND biggest weaknesses, so I can't just send a letter. I send a packet to all of my students. I happen to know what makes children happy (good thing, right?), so I send a packet to all of my incoming students. In my packet there is this Jitter Glitter poem (not originated, only innovated by me!) copied onto the funkiest, brightest paper I can find:
With a little bag of Jitter Glitter attached to it.
Some fun stickers (of course!):
And a nametag for them to wear on the first day of school. I always write my name on it, too, because we usually have 5 kindergarten classrooms and the children truly have no idea who they belong to or even where their classroom is the first couple of days.
I also stick a Caution: Jitter Glitter Enclosed label on the envelope as well as a BIG, BRIGHTLY colored sticker. This packet is lots of work and a bit of money, but I know that it helps some of the parents and their children calm down a bit before the big day, which, in the end, helps me out as well. It starts building the community-feeling before they even enter the classroom and that is a win-win situation! :)
Oh, yes, and this is another example of a letter we've sent before that I ordered FREE from Vistaprint.com: