Imagine walking into your school for the first time as a new student, teacher or staff member. How can you help them feel welcome? How can you let them know what it means to be a part of your school community, and what your shared values are? How can you make it easy for those who “know the ropes” to reach out and lend a hand, and establish a culture where they feel comfortable doing so?

This Renaissance Kit will provide materials and ideas to encourage both students and staffulty members to welcome new arrivals and make them glad to be there. The suckers, pencils, “Cut Me Some Slack” passes and “True Facts: Teacher Edition” would be perfect for a student welcome kit for those who join mid-year and for exchange students.

“We Are” Buttons (1 bag of 50)
Hand these out to student leaders or seniors to wear as a way to show new students or freshmen your shared values. Fifteen different words are included. Additional buttons are available at JostensRenaissance.com/store.

“We Are” Poster
Make a statement about your school or classroom values. The poster design matches the “We Are” buttons. Additional posters are available at JostensRenaissance.com/store.

“You’re Welcome Here” Pencils (24)
Add these #2 pencils to your new student welcome kits or share with anyone who needs a reminder. Additional pencils are available at JostensRenaissance.com/store.

“Cut Me Some Slack” Pass (1 pack of 100)
New students need a bit of a break. Give them these passes and have teachers initial or cross off when the benefits are “redeemed.” See the Idea Exchange Flyer for other ways to use these. Additional cards are available at JostensRenaissance.com/store or you can print your own using this blackline master.

Idea Exchange Flyer – Cut Me Some Slack Pass (1)
Renaissance is all about sharing great ideas, and the Idea Exchange is where you can find descriptions and photos from schools across the country. An Idea Exchange idea sheet for the Cut Me Some Slack Pass is included in the kit, or click here to download the PDF.

Welcome Suckers (1 bag of 20)
Throw these in a student welcome kit or offer them to new staffulty at their first team meeting.

True Facts: Teacher Edition – Blackline Master (1)
You have interesting adults in your building, and the better your students know them, the more connected they will feel to your community. Have new students use this to start conversations and turn them in for a prize or entry in a drawing. Click here to download the PDF.

Idea Exchange Flyer – True Facts: Teacher Edition (1)
An Idea Exchange idea sheet for the True Facts: Teacher Edition game is included in the kit, or click here to download the PDF. Visit JostensRenaissance.com/idea-exchange for many more!

“Jump In” Postcards (1 pack of 100)
New teachers need support too, and these postcards make it easy for current staffulty members to write a personal greeting and share tips for success. Additional postcards are available at JostensRenaissance.com/store.

Download: “We Are” Meme (1)
Use on Twitter, Facebook, emails, or your district/school website to help establish a culture of belonging. Download the JPEG file here.

Need More? For additional items from the kit, contact your Jostens rep or email: renaissance@jostens.com.