Saying Thanks to Families? Use a Thanksgiving Newsletter Template

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
Thanksgiving Message to Families newsletter template.

Have you written your Thanksgiving thank you note to families yet?

There’s no time like the present to tick it off your list, and we’ve got a Thanksgiving Message to Families school newsletter template that will make the job easy. Let’s take a walk through it! 🦃

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It’s all about the kids.

One great way to kick off your Thanksgiving newsletter is to feature students, who are the reason for it all! You could select moments that represent Thanksgiving celebrations, or fall investigations, or highlights from the semester so far.

Pics of kids is a surefire way to increase parent engagement – everyone hunts for their own child!

Make sure to thank the intended recipients!

After you’ve lured them in with cute pictures of students, take the time to give a proper thank you to parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts & uncles, community & Board members. They give their time, their financial resources, their skill sets, their energy, and their commitment to your building.

Not to mention, they do what it takes to get their children to school on time & ready to learn, every day.

Now that you’re in the swing of things, get creative!

Photos are GREAT, no question. But there are lots of fun ways to show your appreciation for families. Make a playlist on Spotify. Make a Top 10 List. Write a poem.

Pick something that matches your personality, or use one of these ideas!

Finally, don’t worry about writing a meaningful message.

Just say it with video. We’re not so great at reading these days… when folks see a block of text, their eyes tend to glaze over. So, if you’ve got something heartfelt to say to parents, say it in a way that they’ll hear it.

Record a video.

Ok, that’s it. Time to get started! Just a click to duplicate 🧡

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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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