How to write a school note


Guest post by Neltje Maynez

Sometimes your kids get sick, sometimes they can’t make it to school. There are manyreasons why a child has to miss school. As a parent, you will one day have to write a note for your little one (and in some cases, big ones). It is your responsibility to inform your child’s teacher. Their teacher would like to know why a child has missed classes. If you are able to tell a teacher why a student has missed school, the teacher is more likely to be willing to help your student with the things they missed. There are certain rules that you should follow when writing a note. Here are example of how not to write a note:

Please excuse Mary for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.

Dear School:

Please eckuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.

John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

These are three notes that are prime examples of how not to write an excuse note for your children. There are three things that you must make sure your note is written well.

1)   Spelling

You don’t have to perform a spell check on your note, but make sure that everything is spelled right. You are a bust parent and you have lots of things to do, but it reflects on you if you can’t even spell things in a simple note right. Even if you see yourself make an error, change it. You don’t want your simple spellings to end up on the internet.

2)   Grammar

As you can see with the notes above, making sure that your pronouns are used correctly can be crucial to your note. Although most people will understand what you are trying to say, it’s better to just say it right. Take the time to gather your thoughts and accurately convey them in your note.

3)   Simple Courtesy

Simple courtesy begins with addressing the teacher by name. Keep your note short and sweet. Try to explain your child’s absence in as little words as possible.

Hopefully these tips can help you become an expert note writer for your children. If you have some hard time writing notes, I have provided a template for what a note should typically look like.

Here is an example of what a note should look like:


Dear [teacher’s name].

I would like to inform you that [your child’s name] will

have to miss school because of [reason].

If you have any questions, please call me at this number: [your number]

Thank you so much,

[your name]

For the most part, a teacher appreciates a note that is simple and to the point. Don’t write the teacher a novel. You probably don’t have time to be writing long, verbose notes, and your child’s teacher probably doesn’t have time to read them either. Keep your note simple and to the point. Your child and teacher will appreciate it.

About the Author
: Neltje Maynez is a freelance writer for Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand what kinds of online colleges are available to help them reach their goals.

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