Every year for the past 10 years, I've sent this letter to parents once school has begun. The students bring the letter home as homework for the parents and the students love that idea. As you can see from the preview file, the parents appreciate the opportunity to tell the teacher about their child--getting the parent/teacher relationship off to a great start--and the specific questions asked in the letter make it easy for the parents to respond honestly with information that will be invaluable to you. The information coming back to you will not only be an invaluable heads up about your children and their parents, but it also serves as a great springboard for conferences, making them a breeze. This letter has worked for the past ten years, so save some valuable time and make this letter your letter.