Writing to Advisees

At my new school, it’s the custom that we send an e-mail to the parents of every kid in our advisory group, and a letter via snail mail to the children themselves.  I’ve spent the afternoon writing up a master draft of this email to parents, and sending it out, and then writing a master draft of the letter to the children.

And then writing those by hand.

It was a challenge. Aside from my own journal, which is not terribly readable even by me, I haven’t done so much hand-writing at such a small scale in years.  I was conscious of wanting to stay in proper form, with periods and proper capital and lower-case letters  — and having to tear up two or three copies because of errors both major and minor.

But I feel like it was time well-spent.  There’s a certain magic in a hand-written note, which creates a bond between the sender and the recipient. These kids will always be “my first students” at my new school, and it’s sealed with a handwritten promise to be there for them when and how they need me.

In the old days, only a truly hand-written contract, properly signed and witnessed, could be legally enforced.  And today I wrote nine such contracts to my students.  I hope I can live up to the expectations of what they need from me.

One comment

  1. We do the same thing here, and I love it—although I usually have to count on using 13 or 14 notecards to write 10 notes!

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