I don't just send a letter to my new students, I send a packet and, although it costs an extra stamp and a little bit of my time, it is WELL worth it. I was a anxious child and the start of school each year was a trying to time for me when the butterflies in the belly started, along with the "I don't want to go to school"s. I remember getting a letter from my 3rd grade teacher. The envelope was bright green and covered with brightly colored stickers. I was calmed before I had even opened the envelope and knew it would be a great year because if she could take the time to send me a letter (with bonus stickers!) during her summer vacation, I knew it would be just fine.
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