I love this idea of "Jitter Glitter". The letter is sent with a small thing of glitter for each student to use the night before school starts. If not this, I feel some sort of letter should be sent to welcome students to the classroom
Give these out at our first parent-teacher conference of the school year. Poem reads: "An apple for the teacher is really nothing new, except when you remember parents are teachers too." Parents just love them!