There are different kinds of newsletters, but for school, the common type is the monthly newsletter. It compiles news and information about events, students, faculty and even about the community. There are feature articles, club details, forums, art work and fund raising events. Aside from informing, another purpose is to bring the student population together, fostering a feeling of “belonging” to something important and special.
Include Quotes or Notable Captions
The basic layout of a newsletter should include photographs, content, ideas and news. Instead of the usual format of having a huge news headline, it is a good idea to start the front page with a collage of events with captions or quotes from different students. Use of quotes often inspire or cause thought. Students either remember the quote or may tear it out for use later.
Keep the editorials alive and current. Discuss serious issues about the school and students without offending anyone. The purpose of the editorial in a school newsletter is to generate interest in relevant issues, including those that affect the school and students, but not necessarily happening inside the school premises. Mention current news locally, statewide or nationally. Keep the current news age appropriate as well, as parents often enjoy reading newsletters with the younger children. Creating awareness of the world outside school walls can teach students how to think about real-life situation.
Tie the school and students to the rest of the community by posting job or scholarship opportunities. It’s one way of helping others without being obvious about it.
Students enjoy not only just reading the list but enjoy seeing their names on the lists. Have different kinds of lists for top achievers, top jokers, top music, top plays, top teachers; the lists can go on and on. This will be one feature that may be a favorite of all students.
Mini interviews are one-line answers to the same question that is asked of students and teachers, maintenance and kitchen staff. The questions could range from “Who was your first date?” to “What do you think of the climate changes?” You could focus on current events or school events, and hone in on the serious, wacky and cute replies. Match the answers with photos, and you will build superstar students who will open the eyes of the rest of the student body to relevant issues that affect them personally.
Schools have a variety of activities monthly. Although those notices may be posted on the school's website or sent separately in the form of notes or fliers, it is also a good idea to include a monthly calendar in the newsletter. This way students and parents are able to have easy access to it.
Kaydence Small is a journalist who began writing professionally in 1996. She has written on military life, empowerment, travel, fitness, healthy lifestyles, frugal living and cooking. She is also an Army Family Team Building Master Trainer/Program Manager. She attended the University of Texas, Austin and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performing arts.