As part of an improving communications project in my new role as a one of the class rep team we have decided to publish a class newsletter.
Tonight I am supposed to be mindmapping what should go into it... I want to get it right as it is our first project... but I am completely exhausted and can't think straight.
So far I have got - calender of school events and relevent for the age group educational events in the area, letter from teacher, letter from class rep, birthday announcements, ways to help out this oncoming month (e.g things to collect), special offer promotions from local businesses specialising in childhood bits and bobs... and... and.... and.... oooouch... peeerlease HELP me lovely mners if you have any ideas...
I would recommend it going out at the very end of a half term/term.
General intro Birthdays this term Special dates this term - trips, parents meetings, any concetts/plays, etc. Feedback on last terms topic This coming term's topic plus things to bring in to help Any special things that have happened re children in the last term - i.e Well done to Sophie who has passed her first Ducklings swimming certificate; etc.
I have a list of everyone's e-mail and it will include Mums who can't pick up because they are at work... and the paper won't get mysteriously lost near the duck pond... I am feeling e-mailing is the way to go... what do you think?
Ooooooh - that has made me think - I think if the publication is released on the first week of each half-term it would be a good aim. As people are more likely to be ready to think about the half term ahead then.
Maybe you need to decide who this is from? Is this a newsletter from the school/teacher to parents or is it by parents for parents? That will shape the content.
Some schools provide a curriculum leaflet at the start of the term or year, saying what the children will be learning in each subject area. Would you want to incorporate something like that (insofar as it fits with the way Milk's school is run)? Do press the school for plenty of notice of events - too many expect you to justknow that tomorrow is sports day and your child needs a cerise t-shirt.
Email is good. No more than 2 sides of A4 is good. Colour printing and pictues are good.