Earlier this week (on the 8th day of school), I invited the families of my students to my classroom for an evening Family Orientation. During the orientation we discuss curriculum, homework procedures and expectations, behavior policy, field trips, and family involvement. I love this event because it allows me to get to know families early. It also helps them have a better understanding about what we're doing, why we're doing it, and what is expected of the students. This simple evening gets our year started on a positive, collaborative note.
This year, I created magnetic business cards to pass out at Family Orientation:
You can see I also included a QR code on my card. I used www.snap.vu to create the code because I love all the functions they offer for free.
When I passed out the magnets ("Now I'll only be a refrigerator away!") the positive response from parents was immediate and obviously positive. Everyone was clearly excited about the prospect of being able to easily and immediately communicate with the person who sees their child at least as much as they do.
I used Vistaprint to design and order my magnets. They cost about $1.00 apiece - a bit pricey, but they're totally worth it -