This year, we returned to school to find phones in our rooms with a voice mail system. When school started, I sent a letter to all parents letting them know I would enter each day's assignments into my voice mailbox when school was over for the day. Now, whether students are absent or forget their assignments by the time they arrive at home, they can easily be informed or reminded. It has REALLY worked! At our first parent/teacher conferences, many parents mentioned how handy it was and others, who hadn't read the letter carefully, were nicely reminded to call my extension if they had questions about assignments. In addition, it's a wonderful tool to encourage parents to communicate with me.