Emailing and calling parents is something you should do as often as possible. It can be scary, intimidating, and emotionally exhausting just thinking about what you are going to say.
I had so many great friends help me during my first few years. One of the best gifts I was ever given was a template from my friend Amy. She will forever be a gift to my teaching career!
Now I want to share some of my own templates with you. But first a few tips:
Conversation Starters for Phone Calls:
When you need parent support
I am (your name), your child's science teacher here at (school name). We've had a great school (term/week/year) so far. It's been wonderful to get to know (student's name) and see (a positive trait you've noticed).
Today I noticed something and wanted to check in with you to ask if this sounds normal for (student's name). In class today (describe a specific behavior that was inappropriate). It seemed unusual for (student's name) and I wondered if (he/she) is (doing OK/under stress/feeling well)? Will you talk with (him/her) tonight and let me know if there is anything I can do to help so that this doesn't become a regular habit for (student's name)?
When a student has had a great day!
Hi (Family Name),
This is (your name). I'm (student)'s teacher this year. I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know about (an achievement you've noticed).
As his/her teacher I really appreciate (student) for making my job enjoyable. I also appreciate the support I receive from great parents like you.