Help with letter and more!

Posted on: Sun, 09/19/2004 - 1:00pm
Dostert8's picture
Joined: 09/08/2004 - 09:00

I am hoping some of you will be able to help me as soon as possible. I am writing a letter to my son's 1st grade class and am just confused as heck. I don't know if I should refer to "a child in the class" or "my son Devin has...." I want it to be personal to the class but am unsure. Should it be signed by the teacher or from the teacher or principal or just from me? Not only that my son has High Functioning Autism so it's impairitive(sp?)for his teacher and anyone involved with him to help keep him safe since he may not be able to communicate any danger. Any suggestions, tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much. You can email me at [email][/email] personally if you would like.

Posted on: Sun, 09/19/2004 - 4:18pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Hi April,
If you do a search on "parent letter" on the Schools forum, you'll see a bunch of topics posted on this subject (maybe just look at the ones from 2002 forward?) - there are some really good samples here to help get you started.
This is a personal decision, but we asked our school to send the letter rather than having it come from us. I believe the school needs to "own" the responsibility about communicating (as well as any backlash issues raised by other parents). We left our child's name off of the letter (for privacy reasons).
So, I think you can make it work either way (i.e. coming from you or coming from the school), and there are good examples of each approach here. It's not clear all the specifics that you intend to communicate (e.g. what safeguards does the school have in place for your child), so can't really comment further about pros/cons of various approaches...

Posted on: Sun, 09/19/2004 - 11:32pm
turlisa's picture
Joined: 08/29/2004 - 09:00

not that I am trying to push the letter I wrote, but you can give this to the school is case they want to send it to the other parents. to find it [url=""]click here.[/url] You can change the wording to fit peanut/nut free classroom if you would like.
This letter would only be a supplement to the one that you write.
Good luck, Hope everything goes well.
[b]Allergy Patrol[/b]
Lisa, Mom of:
Samantha 6 yrs NFA
Robby & Becky 3yrs NFA
[This message has been edited by turlisa (edited September 20, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 3:09am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

If the school is behind you on the peanut free classroom, I, personally, would write the letter to help the school out and to make sure I had the writing like I want it but I would have the principal and teacher sign it. Reason being, if anyone has a problem with the letter...wants to give the school a hard time about it...let the principal deal with it. Then it is ignorant parent against school instead of ignorant parent harassing you.
Here's just one example of that [url=""][/url]

Posted on: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 7:15am
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

Re-raising for TeachAll.
Here's an example of a letter from a non-PA parent, that might be helpful for your newsletter???

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