Friday, June 20, 2014

Evolution of Newsletters

It seems like the last several years I have changed my class newsletter. I like it during the school year, but I like new things. :) Don't you?

My newsletter from 2 years ago:
During that year I sent home a newsletter every week. A little exhausting, but I did it. This was the 5th six weeks, the 3rd week. It wasn't too pretty, but I was able to share plenty of information.

My newsletter last year:
I really liked this one, but the borders made for a lot of unused space. I also feel like the title area, "The News" section, takes up too much space. I started to send these in emails about mid-year, so I wanted more color. The calendar started to look better because of that.
This is what I am playing with for a newsletter for next year:
This is unfinished, obviously, because it is June. I update the iPhone image from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5. I also wanted the calendar to be more of a focal point.


What do you think?

If you want an editable copy of any of these newsletters, leave me a comment with your email!

97 comments :

Anonymous said...

I would love a version of the newsletter you are planning to use next year - it looks fantastic and current! We have to send home newsletters, and I get so bored with the traditional ones I use. The one you made might actually encourage the parents to read it! Thank you! Angela B.
anbritti@henrico.k12.va.us

Mechele said...

I am also interested in a copy. I need do do something new with my newsletter. Our parents expect to receive something every Monday. Thank you! Mechele.barrow@gmail.com

Pat's Paper Passion said...

Super!! I have used your newsletter template before...but really like the idea that the calendar is the focus. Thanks
patbaker67@gmail.com

trav4adventures said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter. I have struggled with this for years and finally just gave up! Yours is neat and simple! :-) That's a real plus.
Cheryl Ann
TRav4adventures@gmail.com

FabandFunin4th! said...

All of these newsletters look great! This is the first year our principal is asking the 4th grade teachers to do a weekly newsletter, so I would love a copy of yours to get me started!!

Bethany
bkraft05@gmail.com
FabandFunin4th!


Janine said...

I love this! I am moving from first to fourth and was thinking a newsletter would be my best bet to get info to parents and students. I would love a copy. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

pinksmyink@gmail.com

hope said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter your using next year.

HopeDWishes@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Amber said...

Your newsletter looks absolutely fantastic! I love all the technology components. If you would email me a copy that would be great!

newteacherniche@gmail.com

Grade 4 Buzz said...

I would LOVE a copy so much! It is perfect!
-Lisa
lbarton3@me.com
Grade 4 Buzz

Raeanne said...

I would also love a copy of the newsletter you're using next year! It looks great! Thanks so much!
r.bailey@hbamemphis.com

Sherry said...

Question and request: I noticed you have a 1:1 ipad classroom so you are probably pretty technology savvy. Do you still send home paper newsletters? Do you find that that is the most effective way to keep parents up to date? What about an email newsletter? Just trying to figure out what method works best to reach the most parents. My fifth graders have a hard time making sure to get papers home. I would like a copy of your newsletter,though.

Beth Diaz said...

Hi,
I would love to receive your latest email version of your newsletter! Looks fantastic! I do fairly lengthy emails home each Monday and would love to switch to something like this.
Thanks, and looks like teachers in Memphis are really enjoying your blog!
Beth
bdiaz@pdsmemphis.org

Hollie said...

I would love a copy! Thank you!
Caroliinagirl116@bellsouth.net

Neesa said...
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Neesa said...

Oh yes, I would appreciate a copy! Thank you for the generous offer. neesa@optonline.net

Fun in Second Grade said...

I love your newsletter and would appreciate a copy! My email is adireland73@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love this, would love a copy! texag04@hotmail.com
Thank you!

Praseela said...

I would love a copy! Just will have to edit it for kinder. Thank you!! Sheylene10@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would love a copy too!
Lindakgarcia@yahoo.com
Thanks!

Mrs. Fort said...

I would love a copy. sjenkinsfort@gmail.com

Jennifer Williams said...

I would love a copy too! Steadydrum88@gmail.com

BPN357 said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter, it's so practical in every way! Thanks :-) mirna.nieves@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I would love a copy of the newsletter as well. I've always wanted to do one but never figured out how to put one together.
Mrsnelson08@att.net

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of both if possible...?
hlschumy@yahoo.com

Molly Adams said...

I would love a copy! I'm about to start my first year of teaching, and I have found the ideas on your blog so helpful. Thanks so much!

mkadams92@yahoo.com

Ms. Waters said...

Yes please! This is awesome.
swaters18@aol.com

Shelley Kennedy said...

Your new newsletter makes me super excited. I'm over my past newsletter and I will be posting my newsletters online each week in addition to sending home a hard copy. If you are still offering I would love to have an editable version of your newsletter!
Shelley@wordsarenotenough.com

Jennifer said...

I LOVE it! I would like a copy e-mailed. stovall_01@yahoo.com
Thanks a BUNCH!

Anonymous said...

I'd love a copy, please. :) I love how colorful and bright it is. I think parents will be more apt to reading it. 3monkeysmama@gmail.com

Chantel Allen said...

I would love a copy. This is such a smart idea. chantel.allen@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

Love!!!!! Very neat and organized. I'd love a copy of the last two. Rgn0002@auburn.edu

Nicole P said...

This post really inspired me to up my newsletter game a bit. ;) I would love an editable copy. nicolezinniel@gmail.com

Thank you!

Morgan said...

Love it! I would a copy! mwilliams9ster@gmail.com

heatherhouse12 said...

They are amazing, can I have a copy of the last two newsletters? heatherhouse12@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of your latest newsletter. Thanks for sharing! Dparkhurst@optonline.net

Jen D. said...

This is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. jennalizdavisatgmaildotcom.

Jessica Ramsey said...

Can I have the last two as well? I have been looking for a new idea when I ran across your site. This is great! jessramsey@gmail.com

Traci Jacobs said...

Can I get a copy of all three please?? tljacobs@usd260.com

Anonymous said...

I would like a copy of all three. Thanks. tonikwa@yahoo.com

leighv said...

I would love a copy of all three of these. They look great! Thanks! leighvip1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please send me these amazing looking newsletters!
emily_tabor@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love an editable copy of your amazing newsletters. Please send them to merfmet@msn.com. May god bless you for sharing such a wonderful resource.

Anonymous said...

I would like a copy please.
Hope.Mendoza332@gmail.com

Brittney said...

I would like a copy as well please. Thanks for sharing! brittneybillingslea@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would like a copy of your newsletters! Thanks, atait25@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy please :)
My email is jamiecole@reachingmilestones.com

Reanna Barr said...

I love your newsletter! I would love a copy! Email- reannarose83@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Would love a copy of any/all...diamondy2k04@yahoo.com

Mrs. D. said...

Would love a copy of recent letter. Switched from 6th grade to 2nd. Jdittrich@hancock.k12.mo.us

Anonymous said...

I love this, I moved to fourth and think the parents and kids would really enjoy the look! May I have both iPhone ones? vrivera@antioch34.com. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy! Kmcpherson2@yahoo.com
Thanks!

Micah Brown said...

How awesome! I am a technology coach who is currently helping a teacher with parent communication. Could we please have a copy? MicahBrown@cox.net Thank you so much!

Unknown said...

Please email me too!!!! klfcello@hotmail.com

Stefanie said...

I would like an editable copy as well! This is very neat and creative ....

Stefanie.m.root@gmail.com

DMAnderson said...

I would love a copy of this as well! I love how modern it is. maggie2385@yahoo.com....Thank you!

Jacque Prater said...

I would love a copy of the current and last years! I love them both but don't which would meet my needs yet!
Thanks for sharing!
jkprater13@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love your newsletters! I would like an editable copy of all please. Thanks for sharing.
debracolleengill@gmail com

Mayré Bultrón de Severino said...

Can you send me a copy of your newsletters? They are just amazing!! Thanks for sharing :) mayrebultron@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i'd love a copy of this to use for our child care monthly newsletter! thank you! mpalmer@alcchildcare.com

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE this template! It is current and the students could relate to it as well as the parents! So cute! Thanks so much!
dmhundle@henrico.k12.va.us

LMarshall said...

I would love a copy, they are so nice and organized!
Thanks!
Lmarshall@hkwood.net

Anonymous said...

I, too, would love a template, please! joyslittlefishies@gmail.com
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I would love a template too! a.k.marra03@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Yes please . Email is gradetwo@holyfamilycollege.co.za
Thank you its brilliant

Teacher Mel said...

Please, please send me the template! Thanks! heathmb@pwcs.edu

hollym said...

hollymatkinson@gmail.com

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Bethel E-News said...

I would love a copy of the latest newsletter you are using...my email is kbrice@greenville.k12.sc.us

Michele Kramp said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter! My email is mkramp@maumeek12.org.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I would love a copy. Thank you so much.

ralliss1@rogers.com

katieeeth said...

I'm not sure if my first comment posted (so sorry for a double post if it did!) I'd love a virtual copy of your newsletter, it's AMAZING! ethridge.katie@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy as well! armyangel715@aol.com

Michelle Zentz said...

I would love a copy. Such a wonderful idea! mzentz@svcs.k12.in.us

Anonymous said...

Cute! Love the QR code idea! Just made one for my webpage! I'll take a copy, please! courtneyrae311@aol.com

Amber Irvine said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter for next year! Thank you! airvine@kunaschools.org

Anonymous said...

Hi, your newsletters are awesome! I would love to use it for my children's group. Could I please have a copy?
Thank you for your time,
Regards, mcian@live.com

Paula Mooney said...

Would love an editable copy of your new fabulous newsletter. Thanks in advance, Paula paulamooney@cogeco.ca

Des said...

Wow! I love the newest version of the newsletter. I'd love a template of what you ended up with. So much more useful than what I'm using now.

Des said...

Wow! I love the newest version of the newsletter. I'd love a template of what you ended up with. So much more useful than what I'm using now.

Anonymous said...

I would love an editable copy of your latest newsletter! Thank you!!
samantha.craig@rcstn.net

Kelly said...

I would love a copy! Thank you!! kellynstimson@yahoo.com

Katrina said...

I would like an editable copy of your most recent newsletter. I appreciate all of the resources that you share.
kdkhill@gmail.com

holliewooddesigns said...

Do you still have an editable format of this? Please email me at HollieWOODdesigns@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

Abby said...

I would LOVE an editable copy of this to use in my third grade classroom! Thanks!
albrown912@gmail.com

Lauren said...

I love this! If you still have an editable copy of this, could you please send it to me? Thank you :)
laurenlou5644@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

I love your newsletter template. I am one of those people who change things every year. I would love an editable copy at fmorgan@rockdale.k12.ga.us

Rebecca Janich said...

What an awesome newsletter! I would love a copy! rjanich@west-bend.k12.wi.us

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a copy! Thank you for sharing!! erin.timmons@clayton.k12.ga.us

Unknown said...

I would love a copy of it. Trogers@camdentonschools.org.

Anonymous said...

May I get a copy? tpetersen@bismarck.k12.il.us
Thanks:)

Quyen Bullard said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter if you are still sharing! =) Thank you! flyingturtles275@yahoo.com

Quyen Bullard said...

I would love a copy of your newsletter if you are still sharing! =) Thank you! flyingturtles275@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

HI! I would love a template of the one you made with the cell phone on it. I'm making a mock one as if its my classroom for my teaching class. mamalambert@hotmail.com Thanks

Jennifer Swartz said...

This is just what I was looking for!! I would love a copy if you are still sharing:) chocolatepansy@gmail.com

Keila Derringer said...

LOVE this! keila.derringer@fortbendisd.com

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