About a year and a half ago, I started creating a monthly School Counselor Newsletter that is distributed to parents. I include it in my school’s weekly newsletter that is already sent home. I must say, creating a newsletter each month is a lot of work! But, it’s also fun and it’s a great way to communicate with parents. Each month focuses on a different topic that relates to school counseling, parenting, and/or education. I also usually include a blurb about what I’m currently doing in classrooms with students.
I keep my newsletters small, only a page, and I create them using a Word document. I often include meaningful quotes, pictures, and information from sources that I research. When I’m finished, I like there to be a balance of information about the topic I’m writing about, resources for parents/teachers to check out, ideas for parents/teachers to use with their kids, and classroom lessons that I’m doing.
I like putting out newsletters because it gets my name out there to parents, staff, and administration over and over. The newsletters highlight that the job I do is important and that I’m a valuable part of my school’s team!
Here are a few examples of my School Counselor Newsletter that I have created in the last year:
School Counselor Newsletter October 2012
School Counselor Newsletter November/December 2012
School Counselor Newsletter March 2013
School Counselor Newsletter May 2013
School Counselor Newsletter June 2013