Some of my students have Internet access at home, and I have set up an e-mail exchange with them. They write to me at home on the net several times a week. We exchange jokes, I send them brain teasers, or we just chat. I have also used this forum to discuss school problems with them and also to praise something they have done. These kids feel 'special' because they sometimes know inside info before the class. I can communicate with them when I am out sick or even when the school is closed for vacations or snow days. It is something they really look forward to.