I mail this home during the summer to the parents of my incoming students and have them return it to me on the first day of school. You could also send it home in the beginning of the year. Because I do not know my new students right away in the fall, it gives parents an opportunity to tell me about their child. Parents are usually very honest and the information they write is so helpful in the beginning weeks of school. They write things like: hobbies, interests, likes, dislikes, fears, health issues, sibling information, etc. I highly recommend doing this with your new parents/students.