Writing Your Classroom Welcome Letter


The Classroom Welcome Letter is one of the most important things that you give to your students early in the year. Its purpose is to welcome your students back, while also giving parents an insight into how the school year will run. The welcome letter can really set the tone for those first few weeks, as well as the rest of the year. It also provides the first step in that all-too-important contact between the teacher and the home.

A welcome letter should include the following points: 

  • Your name and contact information

  • A brief narrative about how you spent your summer

  • A brief statement explaining your teaching philosophy

  • Important school contact information (i.e. address, main phone number)

  • Morning drop-off and/or lining-up procedures

  • Dismissal procedures

  • Names and information about any other adults who will be in your class (i.e. aides, support teachers)

  • A description of how you intend to keep in contact with parents throughout the year (i.e. parent-teacher conferences, report card comments, phone calls, class newsletters)

  • A copy of your classroom and/or school discipline policy

  • Information about pre-planned classroom events (i.e. monthly birthday parties, class trip procedures)

Below is an example of the welcome letter that I used in my resource room a few years ago. It contains many of the elements described above.  The site also includes the welcome letters that I mailed home while teaching sixth grade in 2006-2007 and fourth/fifth grade in 2007-2008 (this letter requires Adobe Reader to be read).


Welcome! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. We are happy to be back and are ready for a great year. Many students have been served in the Resource Center at School #__ over the past few years. We would like to welcome those students who are returning and those who are starting this year. Miss _______ and Mr. _______ will continue to teach in the Resource Center this year. We will also be joined by Mr. _______, who has spent the past few years teaching at School #__. We are looking forward to working with your child and helping him/her to achieve at his/her full potential. We have discussed your child's academic history with his/her new teachers and are prepared for the upcoming year.

The parent-teacher relationship is vital to your child's success in school. By working together, we can help your child have a very fulfilling learning experience. We hope to see you at the Open House on _______. If you are able to visit, the Resource Center is now located in the Media Center on the second floor. Mr. _______, Ms. _______ and Mr. _______ may be reached during school hours at (___) ___-____. You may leave a message with the secretary. Your call will be returned promptly. We may also be reached at our respective e-mail addresses:

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Throughout the year, we will communicate with the home through notes, telephone calls, progress reports, school newsletters and report cards. We will also be available for parent-teacher conferences, as they are needed.

The Resource Center at School #__ serves students ranging from the second grade to the eighth grade. Our teaching is based on the premise that all students can learn, despite any obstacles in their path. For that reason, our students receive instruction and support both in the Resource Center and in the general education classroom. Your child will receive an educational program that encompasses the goals and instructional strategies outlined in his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). We will work very hard to help your child complete all of his/her goals and objectives. If you have any questions regarding your child's academic performance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Resource Center is a classroom like any other. In order to function, it must have rules and policies that ensure fair treatment for teachers and students alike. Included, you will find the Resource Center Discipline Policy. If you have any questions regarding the discipline policy, our teachers will be happy to answer any of your questions. Once again, we would like to welcome everyone back from summer vacation. The ____-____ school year is going to be a great experience for your child and the School #__ community. We would like to thank you in advance for your support and commitment throughout the year.

Best Wishes,

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* A copy of my classroom discipline policy for this school year can be found by clicking here.

Last Updated on June 20, 2010

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