The other day I handed a free lunch notification letter to one of my students (they come in envelopes for the student's privacy).
She asked, "What is this? Is it bad?"
I know that as teachers sometimes we get so bogged down with all of the other things that we do, that the only communication that goes home is negative. I hated thinking that my kiddos think that whenever a note goes home to their parents it means that they did something wrong.
So... I started sending home notes that celebrate their successes! I started with just a few students this week who had STAR tested (Accelerated Reader) or had 100% on Accelerated Math. I added a few personal notes to make it even more personal and special.