Back-to-School

Back-to-School Jitters? Send a Meet the Building Newsletter

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
School bus emergency exit.

Back-to-School is an anxious time, for all!

But you can put a school newsletter to work helping families, faculty & staff all feel at ease. Kids (and their parents) are worried about the transition, about getting lost, about making friends, getting along with the teacher, knowing who and where everything is. A Meet Your Teacher template is the perfect way to address some of those classroom worries.

But what about the rest of it?

Meet our Meet the Building Template 🏫

What better way to welcome new families, faculty & staff than with a virtual building tour?!

Start by letting families know what the procedures are when students arrive each morning.

Next, give everyone a peek at some of the key spaces in the building.


Those might include:

  • The gym
  • The play yard
  • The auditorium
  • The lunchroom
  • The library

You might even consider a picture of the bathrooms, which can be a real source of anxiety!

In addition to new spaces, include new faces they’ll see, too.


Use your Meet the Building newsletter to introduce students to the building maintenance and cafeteria staff. They are an integral part of your community and merit the respect of families from Day 1.

And of course there’s you, the principal. Take some space for yourself, as well 🍎

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Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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