Digital Newsletters for the Primary Classroom

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If you have been following my blog or instagram, you may have noticed that I share my newsletters each month. These newsletters have been absolute game changers when it comes to parent communication. I created them because I noticed that parents were NOT reading our school newsletter. When I sat down to look it over closely, I noticed that there was just TOO much information on them and it was formatted in a way that was hard to read. No wonder parents weren't reading them. I set out to create newsletters that would be effortless to read and my mission was accomplished! Parents have commented over the years about how much they appreciate knowing what is going on in their child's classroom. 

When I originally designed them, I created with with the intention to copy them in black & white. Over the past few years I've started sending my newsletters out via apps such as Remind. It looks like many of you are doing the same because I began receiving requests for color and digital newsletters over the last couple of years. With everything going on recently, I found myself with some time on my hands and I dug in to revamp these newsletters. My goodness this ended up being a complete overhaul of the file! It took me weeks to get them done but now that I see them, I know they were worth every minute I invested in perfecting them! Take a peek at how they look in color:


My gosh! Have you seen anything more beautiful? As I was updating them, I searched and searched for beautiful and diverse clip art to use each and every month! I created various options for each month too! Does your school go all out for holidays? If so, there is a version for you! Want a holiday neutral one? Yep, that's included! I wanted to make sure you have choices in this pack! I know lots of schools have made their transition over to Google Slides so guess what? I INCLUDED a Google Slides version for you for free! Yep! It's included in this pack! 


I know what you're thinking. "Can I still print these?" Yes! Absolutely! You can print the PowerPoint versions or Google Slides versions just as before. You now just have a lot more choices. This is what they look like printed in color:


And for those of you who are all about your Astrobrights, don't worry! I've got you too! Black and white versions of every template are included. 


A couple of years ago I began blowing these up poster size to display for Meet the Teacher Night and they were such a hit I kept printing them up every single month. 


These are perfect for displaying in the hallway! Parents can see them when they drop off or pick up their children. They are great reminders! 

Want to learn how to blow these up poster size with your home printer? I created a tutorial just for you! Click on the video below and it will walk you through the steps. PS this tutorial uses my old newsletters but the process is exactly the same. 


I forgot to mention two important things. The text is completely editable. You can use some of the headers that I used or none of them. You can customize all the text with the fonts of your choice and edit the wordings for your headings throughout the whole newsletter. While I was working on this massive update, I decided to make a Spanish version which is now included in this set!

Want to pick up this bundle? Just CLICK HERE or on the picture below:


 Digital Newsletters for the Primary Classroom



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Teacher Calendars

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I've received lots of requests over the past few years for two page calendar layouts. I wanted to share that they are now available in my TpT shop.


I am so excited about these! Here is some important info about these calendars:


1. Lifetime Updates:

This means that once you purchase, you will never have to buy calendars again! I will be updating the dates every year. All you have to do is come back and re-download each summer to get your new calendars!

2. Custom Stickers



Stickers make planning so much fun! I created custom stickers for you to personalize the dashboard you can see on the left as well as cute stickers such as the birthday and meet the teacher stickers you can see above.

3. Custom At-a-Glance Dashboard



The dashboard is one of my favorite things. I knew I wanted one that would work for everyone and the solution was to create custom headers for you to play with. Just choose the ones you want to use and move them around where you need them. You can decided on how man you place there, how far apart they are, and even choose the color text for it. I made the stickers with text in seven colors for you to choose from!

I had such a fun time putting these together for you and hope you enjoy using them! Click on the picture below to pick up your own set of calendars!
 Teacher Calendar



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Easy to Maintain Date Board

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Raise your hand if the date on your board is anything but... today's date? That has been my life for the past decade! My kids tell me every day that the date is wrong and then just write down an ancient date on their papers #teacherfail! I realized that if it's been this long and I have not managed to keep up with changing the date, it's probably never going to happen, but I can't have an old date up! I need my kids to see that the date does change each day and as for data, I need those dates to be correct when I collect student samples. Enter this idea! For your convenience I have placed all the links to everything you see here on the bottom of this post along with my Amazon affiliate link. By using affiliate link, you pay the exact price you would pay without using my link, but I am paid a small referral fee for sharing the link with you. 

I realized that I could put the responsibility right back on my kids! Do you have class helpers? I know lots of teachers that have an actual calendar helper, I don't currently, but I do have a general helper that has lots of random responsibilities. This is the perfect job for that class helper! 


I color coded the months in blue, days in yellow, and year in pink to make it easy for my kids to update this board. You can attach the number cards with Velcro, tape, magnets, or StikkiClips. I went with StikkiClips that you can see below.

This board is pretty large. I wanted it to be EASY to spot across the room so that all children could see it. I also placed it in a spot that is high enough to be seen but also low enough for all my kids to reach it. 


This picture gives you a better idea of how large this date board is! I printed it on ledger sized paper at my local print shop. Office Max did it for well under $1 and I even upgraded to ledger sized cardstock to make my board extra durable. 

I went in during fall break to set up the board and I'm happy to announce that I have now changed the date for the last time EVER! My kids are taking over as of Monday! Need any of these resources? Check out the links below:

Links:

Date Board
Center Rotation Board
Magnetic Boarder
StikkiClips


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Student Birthday Tips and Tricks

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There are so many ways to celebrate birthdays in the classroom! I've done several different things throughout the years but this year, I found the perfect combo. Kept it easy and meaningful for the kids! Read below to see how we celebrate birthdays. Please note that this blog post includes some Amazon affiliate links. These links cost nothing to you to use, but I receive a small commission for referring you.

This is the whole set up:

Certificates:


These certificates are super easy to put together. The whole design is all done for you, all you have to do is enter the students name, birth date, and your signature! I like to laminate these because my kids hang on to them for a long time. 

Tips:

  • I print these out AS SOON as I get my class list. 
  • I file them in birthday order so I can just pull them out. 

Having them all done for the year SAVES me! How many times have you completely forgotten a birthday and end up with a broken hearted kid? It's happened to me more times than I want to say. Well, two years ago I decided I couldn't have that happen again and printing them out ahead of time was the perfect solution. I do the same thing as as soon as new student enrolls. I make sure their birthday certificate is done and filed away. 

Bags:

These baggies are my new addition this year. My kids are LOVING these goodie bags! 


These designs are included in larger sets but I received so many requests for these two designs on their own that I decided to put them together in a mini bundle. You can pick them up in the set below:

I received so many questions about what I put inside the bags. Here are some of the things I put in there:

Year after year my kids love all things emoji. I ordered some emoji party packs just for these birthday baggies. 



I also added a pack of Crayons and some random goodies from our treasure box. Typically stuff from the Dollar Tree or the Target Dollar Spot. 

Smencils

If you look at the picture of the desk, you'll also see a Smencil. If you've never heard of Smencils, they are recycled pencils that are scented. Our school sells them for fundraisers a couple of times a year and every time I have several kids that tell me that they can't afford one. When I saw this happen I decided it was a great idea to add for birthdays. That way everyone gets a chance to own one. They are pricey and I suggest reaching out to your PTO to see if they would be willing to fund them for your classroom. 




Tips

  • Assemble your bags at one time. Preferable during the summer. 
  • Place them all in a place that is easy to access but hidden from your kids.




Now when a birthday pops up, I just grab our stuff and we are good to go! 

I am also getting a ton of questions about the cupcake chair cover. The Etsy shop that created this one no longer makes them. I am on the hunt for chair covers that are similar! If I find someone that makes them, I'll share with you! 




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