The power of a letter: Hand-written notes are welcoming BCPS students back

This is the hand-written letter Kelly Simms provided to her students via snail mail.

An example of the personalized notes Kelly Simms sent to her Logan Elementary kindergarten students before the 2017-18 school year.

Logan Elementary kindergarten teacher Kelly Simms completed one of her first tasks of the 2017-18 school year:

She dropped off personalized, hand-written postcards for her new students.

We loved this kind gesture, so we shared her note on social media, a digital thank you for Ms. Simms’ pen-and-paper efforts in generating excitement and reassuring young learners.

The response was incredible. More than 1,200 liked Simms’ letter on Facebook. We received dozens of comments from parents who received, and loved, personalized back-to-school notes from other teachers.

So we asked #TeamBCPS teachers and administrators to share their hand-written notes greeting students and families. Their creativity and dedication made us smile. So we’re showcasing some of them here:

From Allison Southwick at Edgemere Elementary:

From Hannah Frank at Dundalk Elementary:

From Nicole Quimby at Mays Chapel Elementary:

From Sarah Rose at Baltimore Highlands Elementary:

From Kate Jaudon at Hillcrest Elementary: 

From Gwen Everett at Catonsville Middle:

From Stefanie Wright at Vincent Farm Elementary:

From Carrie Hardesty at Middlesex Elementary:

From Stephanie Mueller at Church Lane Elementary Technology:

From Hannah Currens at Middleborough Elementary:

From Heather McNeal at Halstead Academy:

From Gemma Sinclair at Woodmoor Elementary: 

From Assistant Principal Amy Wesloski at Golden Ring Middle:

Even in today’s high-tech world, with smartphones, laptops, e-mail, text messages, and social media, a hand-written note can make a huge difference. Don’t take our word for it. Check out the reaction from a kindergarten student who received well wishes from Norwood Elementary’s Nicole Fields:

All smiles!

The 2017-18 school year is getting closer. We welcome students back Tuesday, Sept. 5. Between now and then, we will be preparing students and families as best we can!

Postcards and letters are just the start. If you’d like to following along, check out #Back2BCPS on Twitter. We will be sharing many “firsts.”

Until then, keep enjoying your summer!

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