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Why You Should Write a Welcome Back from Spring Break Newsletter!

Dr. Kara Stern
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Group of kids running to school.

Fun fact: emails with the word “Welcome” in the subject line get 80% more opens.

So, one great way to make sure students (& their home adults) are prepared for the  return from spring break is to send a school newsletter welcoming them back. In addition to providing essential information, a Welcome Back from Spring Break newsletter is important because it conveys a message of belongingness. It says: “You child is wanted here.” And feel connected to school is the key to undoing absenteeism.

GIF of Goofy Welcoming Students

Just the facts, ma’am.

Your welcome back newsletter should contain some key pieces of information. We suggest:

  1. The date of return
  2. The schedule for the first week back
  3. The lunch menu for the first week back
  4. Important upcoming events
  5. Some celebration of teachers or students
  6. A family resource

A few last tips.

Remember, if you include flyers the information in them won’t get translated. Be sure to add a caption summarizing the info in the flyer, so all families feel included. Last, how the building leader communicates sets the tone for everyone else in the building. Make sure your welcome back from spring break newsletter reflects the values you want it to. You can read more about that here.

Get started with this template and have a great spring break! 🏖

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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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