Being able to communicate with your child’s teacher is important all year long. But it helps to begin the dialogue at the very start of school. The teacher can be a great advocate for your child and a great source of information for you. It’s just as important to have open communication with your child about issues surrounding the start of school. After all, you’re her biggest supporter. “He has started improving in school. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a bumpy road but we’re handling it much better now. His teacher and I are in constant communication with each other.” —A parent from the Understood Community Our focus this week for Start School Strong is on building strong relationships and finding ways to talk with your child’s teacher and your child. We’ll offer tips on how to write an introductory letter to the teacher. We’ll also share strategies for talking to your child about going back to school. Here’s what to read and do this week: Monday What to Read: 5 Things Not to Say to Kids With Learning and Attention Issues About Going Back to School What to Do: Join our Facebook chat with a school principal to find out how principals work with the school—and how you can, too. Tuesday What to Read: At a Glance: Anatomy of an Effective Email to Your Child’s Teacher What to Do: Jump into a community conversation about how to connect with teachers. Wednesday What to Read: Back-to-School Stress: Why I Believe Self-Advocacy Can Help What to Do: Download and fill out our 3×3 card to help teachers get to know your child. Thursday What to Read: How Often Is Too Often to Contact Your Child’s Teacher? What to Do: Join a video chat with a head of school on how to build a relationship with your child’s teachers. Friday What to Read: 5 Topics to Go Over With the Teacher Early in the School Year What to Do: Download our sample back-to-school introduction letters. Saturday What to Read: My Parents’ Biggest Back-to-School Regret (and How They Made Up for It) What to Do: Download our sample homework contracts. Sunday What to Read: How to Say It: Better Questions to Ask Your Child About School What to Do: Download our parent-child behavior contracts. Next week’s lineup is all about getting ready to manage your child’s supports and services for the coming year. We’ll be covering IEPs, 504 plans, RTI and other services. Check out the entire Start School Strong guide.