Each year I send this 6 page document home with the students on the first day of school. This year, I plan to use it during meet the teacher. I borrowed the idea from a fellow teacher up the hall and it has worked wonders.
It has everything that I want to tell my students and parents in one place. I find that I get far fewer questions and more time to meet the families and kids during meet the teacher. I also have a student information sheet that they students need to fill out while I am talking to the parents.
I like the tone that it sets in my room. I get to business, but I also get to be more personable.
I spend the summer updating the details and routines that have worked for me or what I want to change. I think it is a great idea. I also have a copy on my desk throughout the year in case someone has a question about my policy, I can pull it out and show them when they signed the sheet.