At the beginning of the year I like to send home a form for parents to fill out! This form allows parents to write about their child, in the way that they know... from being with them at home, past years in school, etc. I love reading this when it's turned back in! It really provides a lot of insight into who the child is, from their perspective! I like to use all of this information, plus my own from in the classroom, to begin understanding my students!
Feel free to edit the questions, fonts, you name it! Or... go with it as it is!
I hope you can enjoy it too! :)