At this time of year, everything is so busy! Everything from planning for the holidays to planning lessons through December. It’s so busy that I sometimes forget to do something critical to each child’s success in my classroom – keeping an open (and positive) line of communication with parents. One very simple way to solve this problem has been “positive notes home”. Since the notes are generic enough to be used with any student and situation, you can make sure to fill out a few cards each week to send home with students. Another idea is to keep a checklist of student’s names and put a check next to their name when you sent a positive note home. That way you can keep track of your notes home and make sure to send them home to all your kids. At this time of the year, I will take any easy solution to a problem that I can find!