Meet the Teacher: 6 Ideas For Hosting a Successful Back-to-School Night

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It's that time of year when school bells are ringing and yellow buses are filling our neighborhoods.

For most of us school has begun.  Backpacks are full, homework is rolling in and it's almost time for "Meet the Teacher" or "Back to School Night." 

Whatever you call it, this can be a wonderful evening for parents  though maybe a little stressful for teachers.

If you're a teacher and find yourself preparing for this year's "Meet the Parents Night", check out some of these great ideas!  They  

will help you have a successful  "Meet the teacher" or "Back to School Night"! 

#1 And certainly most important....FOOD!  

But nothing too over the top. A simple chocolate souffle  or caviar should do the trick.... just kidding!

Instead, choose something as simple as individual dark chocolate pieces arranged on a plate, pre-made bite-sized muffins or these awesome salads on a stick from No Biggie:


#2 Get those pesky forms out of the way!

Back-to-School night makes for a great time to get all forms and signatures out of the way, such as volunteer sign ups, ect!

I love this example from Peace, Love, and First Grade .  Check out these examples and take advantage of the editable forms!  Wow!  What a huge help!

Laura even provides a clever and cute way to display your class wish list!

#3 Note from parents to their child

I Love this one!! Kids love to come back to school and see what their parents thought about their desk, their classroom, their teacher, some of their finished projects, etc!  

I created a free template for you to use!   Parents can leave a surprise for their child by writing encouraging notes, what they liked about the classroom, what they are most excited about this year, etc.

Enjoy the FREE printable version!


#4 Every parent loves a class syllabus.

Provide information on  ways to get in touch, noting absences, tardiness, as well as informing parents and students about tests, behavior and homework.

Math in the Middle has provided a free editable version for you to customize to your class.

#5 Parent wish Jar

I just love this idea! I first saw it on Funky First Grade Fun. What a great way for parents to give their input.

I created this cute little printable just for parents like you who want to fill out a wish card with 1 wish for their child's school year.  Place this FREE printable in a cute jar, clay pot, or something else creative you teachers use!

And of course the FREE printable for the wishes.

#6 Last but not least.... A Self-Portrait Bulletin Board.

Parents will eat this up! To begin, start by making this adorable bulletin board from  I am Doe .  Next,  create this fun and simple art project from Deep Space Sparkle, and VOILA!

Cutest back to school night bulletin board ever!!!!

I think I would leave this up for a LONG time ( like the whole year) And display art, creative writings, etc!

  I'd love to see how they turn out!  Please post to our Instagram site, using the hashtag  #perfectbulletinboard  

Wishing you all a successful evening and a wonderful year, from all of us at!