25 Reasons to Send Home a Positive Student Email

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 / 5 comments
25 Reasons to Send Home a Positive Student Email

Sending positive emails, messages, or phone calls home is one of my favorite things to do as a teacher. Parents and guardians are always so surprised and thrilled to hear that someone other than them see how amazing their child can be. Such a little act always inspires such happiness!

With that in mind, I've compiled a list of 25 easy reasons to inspire you to send a few positive notes home to parents this week!

Your son/daughter/student:
1. displayed good manners
2. showed interest in a new area
3. did their assigned class job very well
4. scored well on a challenging assessment or project
5. submitted an essay response that was interesting, thought-provoking, or especially well-written
6. showed empathy toward someone outside their normal sphere
7. helped the teacher
8. submitted a project or assignment that was done to a very high level of quality
9. led a group discussion
10. showed kindness towards a classmate
11. mastered something academic they had struggled with before (i.e. multiplication tables)
12. mastered something non-academic (i.e. the "big" slide at recess)
13. showed emotional growth 
14. taught you or their classmates something new
15. made you (or the class) laugh
16. showed significant (or maybe just noticeable) growth
17. asked a great question
18. was complimented by someone else in the building
19. was proud of himself/herself
20. stood up for themselves
21. really enjoyed a book
22. dealt with criticism well
23. accepted responsibility for a mistake
24. stood up for someone else
25. made you happy to be a teacher today!

Please stop back and leave me a note in the comments if you try this out, I can't wait to hear about the types of responses you receive in return!


  1. This is such a clever idea. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be implementing something like this next year. =)

  2. My 1980's version of this was sending postcards. The idea came from a third grade student. We read a chapter book, Herbie Jones by Suzy Kline (Suzy was a third grade teacher). In the first chapter Herbie earned a postcard from his teacher. One of my students, Andrew, asked if I would send postcards to them. In that year, and the years after that, I sent hundreds of postcards. Often when I meet parents and student I haven't seen for awhile they smile and remember the postcards. It happened again yesterday; The student was a third grader in 1986, she has since passed away; her mom remembered the postcards. The power of a written compliment is endless.

  3. 25 Reasons to Send Home a Positive Student Email, I agree with this article. This is the best thing one can do to make the parents and students a day a better one!

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