Imagine that you are teaching in your
intended classroom. Think about all
the activities that have taken place this week and consider the important
events coming up next week. Create
an attractive newsletter that you will send home to the parents of your
students to inform them of these activities and events. Save your newsletter, both as a webpage. Turn in so that I
can see your columns, layout, etc. and upload the newsletter
to your web site.
Producing a Newsletter
Newsletters are used by schoolteachers
and administrators to inform parents of activities that have occurred and to
notify them of upcoming events.
School newsletters are often produced by the principal or PTA. Classroom newsletters can be produced
by the teacher and/or the students.
Print Shop, ClarisWorks, Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe PageMaker are some of the many kinds of software
that can be used to produce each issue of the newsletter. Print Shop, PageMaker, and Publisher
have ready-made templates, which you can customize, however you may not always
have access to these tools. Not to
worry! Creating a newsletter in
Word or ClarisWorks is not difficult.
Just follow these steps and you will have an attractive, professional
newsletter to send home to parents. I found that Newsletter
Wizard is loaded on many of the computers in
the college labs. To use this go
to File, click on New, click on Publications, then on Newsletter Wizard. This will open a template that use can
customize and save as your own document.
Just replace each section with your own material. However, for simple newsletters I
prefer to use Word and the table function.
Open a new document.
Create a masthead by selecting a font size large enough
to fill the page with the title of your newsletter. Center the title. A graphic or logo inserted on one
side or either side of the title is attractive.
- Add a line in 12 or 14-point type under the title to
identify the publishing organization, volume number, and date. This can be contained in a 1 x 1
- Select the Table tool on the toolbar and choose
two (three at most) columns. When
your newsletter is complete, go to TABLE Properties, click on Borders
and Shading and choose the color white to eliminate the lines
from your document. Type your copy as you want it to appear in
columns. Insert a table and create
columns for page 2. You can save
the document as a template to customize for each issue of your newsletter, which you
will save by date.
- To write a headline above each story increase the font
size by one-third. For
example, if you are using a 12-point font, make the headline 16
point. Headlines should be
highlighted with bold type.
- Insert graphics or photos using the insert button on the
toolbar or selecting Insert and then Picture. Either select a picture from the clipart library or go
to file and browse for the image you want to use.
- It is best if the newsletter is 2 pages printed back to
back. The back page of the
newsletter will have the same columns as the front, but no masthead.
- Save your newsletter as newsletter.htm and upload it to
your web page. Be sure to
hyperlink your newsletter to your homepage.
Hints for School Newsletters
- Use only two or three fonts, preferably related.
- Write brief stories in plain language.
- Include student names in stories whenever possible.
- Include parent names to thank them for contributions of time and/or
materials and to recognize their involvement in school activities.
- Use photos (if you have parent permission).
- Provide a calendar of upcoming events or important assignments.
- SPELL CHECK!
- Use the same color paper for each issue so that it is easily recognized
and parents become accustomed to looking for it.
- Send the newsletter home on the same day each week.