Email Etiquette between teachers and parents

In just a few weeks, e-mail will become a quick and convenient way for parents to correspond with teachers ... and put an end to phone tag. But, when is a telephone call or handwritten note better? Here are some tips to keep you on the good side of your child's teacher.

1. Be sure to include your child's first and last name in the subject line, and consider adding a brief description of the topic, such as "Billy Wyatt -homework question." Betty Graybeal, a kindergarten teacher at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, says, "The more specific the subject line, the better. It can help me tell if an immediate response is necessary."

2. Begin the e-mail as you would a letter, with "Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. _______." Include your relationship to your child, as well, which is important in these days of step-families.