In our school system we are required to leave weekly recorded messages for parents and students but this is very inconvenient for me. Instead, I have gotten all but three email addresses from students and I send group emails to my parents daily. I print and send home a hard copy to the parents that don't have email. I include things like homework assignments, report due dates, test dates, important forms and 'ada-boys'. The praise and assistance from parents has been overwhelming. The funny thing is that this system actually takes less time than the recorded messages.