Letter to a Kindergarten Teacher

Letter to a Kindergarten Teacher

 

Letter to a kindergarten teacher

As many of you probably know, my little Ivy starts kindergarten in four days, and as excited as I am for her reaching this important milestone, I’m a bit heart-heavy, too. I worry about the impressions she will make, the friendships she will have, and most importantly, the teacher who will be in charge of her education during one of the most critical formative years in her life. I decided to compose a letter to this future, as of yet, mystery teacher to give at orientation, and for reasons that I can’t clearly define. But I can attempt to explain.Maybe it will make no difference in the quality of the interaction between the teacher and my daughter, but I’m no kind of mother if I don’t think of creative ways to facilitate a positive environment for my daughter as often as possible. I say this because I’ve had some damn mean teachers myself, and some of them did seem “out to get me”. The reality is that these poor ladies and gentlemen were probably overworked, underpaid, under-appreciated, and under stress, and if this letter helps make even an ion of difference, it’s worth every word. Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Kindergarten Teacher,

You don’t know me, nor do I know you, but we share something precious in common–both of us are going to make an incredible difference in the life of my daughter in the upcoming year. I understand that you’ll have a classroom full of beautiful children, just like mine, and there will be days that feel less “beautiful” than others. I only ask that you try to be patient on those other days, because the effort will be indirectly rewarded. You most likely won’t see the fruits of your labor up-close; your tender, young students will have long traded the crayon for a laptop by then, but we parents will benefit.

As one of those parents, I’m thanking you in advance for shaping my daughter and preparing her for the unknown, uncertain future that is ripe with possibility. I do have a few selfish requests, though, and I hope they’re not hard to fulfill. If my daughter gets out of line, I need to know. I can’t help make your life easier if I don’t know there’s a problem, and while I won’t be the hovering “helicopter parent,” I’ll only be a phone call away. Ditto that, if she’s having problems grasping any of the learning concepts throughout the year. Also, I want to be involved in every opportunity for parental involvement. I’ll be the mother who signs up to bring holiday goodies, the one who volunteers to chaperone field trips, the mom who brings in the “optional” school supplies, and I’ll be the first parent in line to assist you, as needed, for as long as my daughter is in your class. Use me to your advantage.

It is a tremendous job being responsible for such precious cargo, and I’m here to help make it better and easier. Please don’t ever forget what inspired you to teach–you’re second only to the parents of your students in your ability to have a positive impact on their little lives. 

Sincerely,

Amberr Meadows

Well, readers, what do you think? If you were on the receiving end of this letter, what would you say? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments.

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27 Comments

  1. Awesome post Amberr, just awesome!!! I loved it! If I got it and I were a teacher I would look you in the eye, smile, shake your hand and say, "deal"…Take careLisa

  2. That is so sweet and touching. I imagine I will feel the same when my little one starts kindergarten in a few years. BTW, it seems really early for school to start. In NY, it's usually after Labor Day!

  3. Barbara, thank you so much for coming by to peek. It makes me feel good to have had this reviewed by a couple of those with teaching experience. I met my daughter's teacher yesterday, and I love her!

  4. Lisa, If I were a teacher, I'd be the same way!Erica, Thanks for the positive luck vibesRaymond, I gave the teacher the letter, and we'll see if she mentions it when I drop off school supplies on Monday. Marina, thank you so much for dropping by!Aleksandra, Thank you!Maria (bicultural mama), when I was in school, it started later than schools do now. Bummer!Barbara, iPads already? Wow!

  5. Thank you, @Claudia Kennedy. The vote of confidence and encouragement help to put my mind at ease. ooxx

  6. Huff, Catholic Nuns in private schools are required by unspoken law to be mean and evil. Here's a tissue…

  7. If I were the teacher on the receiving end of this letter, I would be so touched. To know from day one that a parent is saying – I'm here, let's work together – is wonderful. Hugs and Mocha,Stesha

  8. That's a nice letter, you're a teachers dream!

  9. I don't think a teacher on this planet could ask for a better relationship with a parent. Wishing Ivy a successful and fun kindergarten year!

  10. First of all, I'm gonna have you write letters for other parents (we're gonna take this show on the road!) LOLIf I were a teacher, I would absolutely love this! It tells me you are extremely invested in your child and I would look out more for your daughter. Excellent letter Amberr!

  11. First of all, I'm gonna have you write letters for other parents (we're gonna take this show on the road!) LOLIf I were a teacher, I would absolutely love this! It tells me you are extremely invested in your child and I would look out more for your daughter. Excellent letter Amberr!

  12. I don't think a teacher on this planet could ask for a better relationship with a parent. Wishing Ivy a successful and fun kindergarten year!

  13. That was a really nice letter. I would have just started with something like…"Now listen you…" But you were perfect. I would love to get a thoughtful letter like that if I were a kindergarten teacher, and I think it will help your relationship with your daughters. Good luck with the new school year.

  14. I think any teacher would love such a letter! I know that so many parents see school as a place to drop the kids during the day, but seeing someone take an active role in their education I'm sure will be refreshing… :)

  15. The teacher will appreciate all the time and thought it took to write this letter. She will also be happy to have a mave who takes part in the life of the class

  16. The teacher will appreciate all the time and thought it took to write this letter. She will also be happy to have a mave who takes part in the life of the class

  17. I think any teacher would love such a letter! I know that so many parents see school as a place to drop the kids during the day, but seeing someone take an active role in their education I'm sure will be refreshing… :)

  18. That was a really nice letter. I would have just started with something like…"Now listen you…" But you were perfect. I would love to get a thoughtful letter like that if I were a kindergarten teacher, and I think it will help your relationship with your daughters. Good luck with the new school year.

  19. Oh, I got teary. I teach primary, but I've never taught Kindergarten. Any teacher would be thrilled to receive such a letter. He/she will know right away that you are invested, involved, caring and committed. Your daughter's future is assured. You have no idea how many children we work with who lack the kind of support you're showing for your daughter, and her education. Good mom!I remember sending my babies off to Kindergarten. I cried.I have only one comment. Our Kindergartners work with iPads and computers from day 1!

  20. I need a tissue! I went to private school and the nuns were still allowed to beat my ass. I could have used that letter 27 years ago as I am still missing sections of my ass cheeks that are still attached to Sister Mary Ursala's paddle!

  21. As a former teacher myself, I know that any teacher would love to get such a letter. I used to make it a point to call each student's parent and say something good, before the time came when I had to call with bad news. At least when, or if, that latter call comes, you will already have established that you cared and will have a much better chance of working on a positive footing with the parent. They knew you started out making an effort, and they will work with you. It never failed. Bravo to you and best wishes for a wonderful year! Claudia Kennedy

  22. I need a tissue! I went to private school and the nuns were still allowed to beat my ass. I could have used that letter 27 years ago as I am still missing sections of my ass cheeks that are still attached to Sister Mary Ursala's paddle!

  23. As a former teacher myself, I know that any teacher would love to get such a letter. I used to make it a point to call each student's parent and say something good, before the time came when I had to call with bad news. At least when, or if, that latter call comes, you will already have established that you cared and will have a much better chance of working on a positive footing with the parent. They knew you started out making an effort, and they will work with you. It never failed. Bravo to you and best wishes for a wonderful year! Claudia Kennedy

  24. Oh, I got teary. I teach primary, but I've never taught Kindergarten. Any teacher would be thrilled to receive such a letter. He/she will know right away that you are invested, involved, caring and committed. Your daughter's future is assured. You have no idea how many children we work with who lack the kind of support you're showing for your daughter, and her education. Good mom!I remember sending my babies off to Kindergarten. I cried.I have only one comment. Our Kindergartners work with iPads and computers from day 1!

  25. Key word:”involved”. Get involved in EVERYTHING! That’s what I did and it’s a sure way to keep your eye on what’s going on within the school as well! And your daughter will LOVE IT! Seeing you in the school and around the school will give her self esteem and confidence. My two boys LOVED IT! AND…it’s a great way to spend some indirect time. You may not be “together” but you’re “together” at least in the building sharing the environment. Did that make any sense?

    Enjoy these years! I so miss them with my boys. Elementary school was awesome!

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