Saying goodbye to students can be so hard. After spending a whole year working together, it’s impossible to imagine our classrooms without them! One of the best ways to show them how much they mean to you is to write end-of-year letters to students. Below you’ll find tips for creating these special messages and 15 of our favorite examples.
Top tips for writing end-of-year letters to students:
Use a template
The end of the year is super hectic, which is why it’s a good idea to use a template for your end-of-year letters.
Keep it short
We make a lot of memories with our kids, but trying to create a highlight reel for everyone would be tough. It’s better to keep your end-of-year letters to students short and sweet. Even if it’s brief, it can be heartfelt.
Even if you use a template, there are ways to customize your letters. Of course, you’ll want to address your notes to each student by name. Along with your signature at the bottom, though, you can mention one special thing you’ll remember about them so that it feels more personal.
Examples of end-of-year letters to students:
Still not sure what you want to write? Here are our top 15 examples and templates that you can follow!
1. Goodbye Poem for Kindergarten Students
Sometimes a poem can capture our feelings better than any letter ever could. This sweet printable is perfect for letting your students know how much they mean to you, while also reinforcing language skills. It’s a win-win!
2. Personalized Farewell Letters
Before your students fly off into summer break, let these superheroes know just how proud you are of all they’ve accomplished. This template allows you to create one-of-a-kind messages for students and also includes two parent letters that can be printed or emailed.
3. Letter of Advice to a Younger Student
Finish the year with a meaningful and engaging assignment that promotes social-emotional learning and critical thinking. Empower students to share advice and tips for academic success and general life and well-being.
4. End-of-Year Free Student Letter
If you’re looking for a great end-of-year letter template that’s easy to personalize, look no further! This sample can be customized for students of all ages and grade levels, allowing you to share those bittersweet words of encouragement efficiently and effectively.
5. Classroom Awards for Middle and High School Students
Want to let your upper-grade students know you think highly of them but don’t want to write end-of-year letters? Give them awards! This package includes 28 customizable awards, as well as bookmarks and templates for a “letter to future students” activity. And if you’re looking for awards for younger students, here’s a free printable bundle of awards perfect for elementary school.
6. Bookmarks for Your Little Stars
These adorable bookmarks are the perfect way to end the year on a good note and give your students something to reflect on as they read over the summer.
7. There’s Gold in Every Piece of Your Story
Remind students about all of the good you’ve seen in your classroom! This editable end-of-year letter can be filled with supportive and encouraging messages from teachers throughout the school. What a way to help kids finish strong!
8. Thank-You Letter to Parents
Coming up with the right words to say thank you to parents and/or guardians at the end of the year can be tough. This template will help you create a thoughtful message that can be tailored for each student.
9. Editable End of Term Greeting Card for Children
Congratulate students on all of their hard work with this editable end-of-the-year greeting card. Take the opportunity to highlight their achievements and give them a sweet souvenir to reflect on for years to come.
10. Letter to Help Families Transition
The end of the school year is the closing of one door and the opening of another. Thank your families for all that they’ve done with this simple letter.
11. End-of-Year Letter From the Teacher to Students and Parents
This set contains 43 pages of end-of-year letters as well as Google Slides in case you want to send paperless messages. It’s important to note that while the greeting and signature fields can be edited, the body of the letters cannot. However, each letter in the set contains a different message and comes with a boy, girl, and gender-neutral version (the pronouns are changed throughout the letter).
12. Editable Template: End of School Year Letter to Parents
As a final thank-you and goodbye to the families you have worked with this year, send this editable letter to share the kind classroom community your students have built and show appreciation for the trust invested in you as their teacher. This template is available as Word and Google documents.
13. End of School Year Poem Editable Bookmarks
Give your students these heartfelt tokens at the end of the school year. They can be personalized so it’s easy to highlight and include some memorable moments so your kids can reflect on how far they’ve come this year.
14. End of Year Autograph Booklet
Help your students capture lasting memories with this sweet End of Year Autograph Booklet. You can print single- or double-sided to create a keepsake that will be a fun activity for kids as the school year comes to an end.
15. Letter to Next Year’s Students
End-of-year reflections are wonderful, so why not make the activity even more meaningful by having them write letters to next year’s students?
Elementary students will love the template above, but secondary students can do the same activity by practicing formal letter or email skills. Ask them to include:
- Their best tips for success in your class
- Favorite assignments or hardest concepts
- What to expect—is the heater loud in the winter? What’s the homework load like? Can you get Mrs. Paulsen on a tangent by bringing up the Steelers?
Not only will this be a fun way to welcome your future students, but you’ll also gain a lot of insight from reading what they shared!
Do you have more great end-of-year letter examples? Share in the comments below!
Plus, check out these teacher cover letter examples.
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