One of the first things I send home every year is my Parent/Guardian Confidential Questionnaire. The kids love this because I tell them "tonight... your parents have homework!" I am always amazed at the information and insights parents will provide you during that first week of school. As all teachers know, the more you know and understand your students and families, the better! I find the back particularly helpful and it often leads to follow up conversations in conferences or on the phone. This has been a great way for me to get information (sometimes sensitive information) right as the year begins, instead of waiting for that first October conference.