This is a course outline and letter to the parents/guardians for Science 10. There is a detailed description of expectations with respect to homework, cell phones, behavior, teacher goals for students, etc
There is even a cool daily tracking sheet that the kids fill out reflecting on their understanding of the previous lesson, a Y/N for whether or not they completed their homework.
The letter to parents outlines the assessments and homework specifically but this is a word doc so you can alter it to whatever suites your needs.
The letter has to be signed by parents and returned so there is not more "My son tells me there never is any homework" at parent teacher meetings.
I was tired of trying to convince parents that their children had to be responsible for certain work/behavior expectations so I communicated them all at the first of the year. Works great.
I also use this form to collect email addresses so I can send out a bulk email to parents weekly so they can never say they weren't informed.
Parents get crabby when they feel out of the loop. I know they should just have supper with their kids and get all that info then but let's face it, supper rarely happens together anymore.
Hope this helps keep the parents at bay.