July 2, 2022
How Do I Send A Virtual Valentine To Students

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, and many teachers take advantage of this fact to promote extra-credit opportunities with their students. But if you aren’t tech-savvy or enjoy getting creative with your materials, then sending virtual Valentines via email may be the best option for you. This guide will help you know what steps to take to send Valentine’s Day virtual cards to your students.

How to start the process?

First, you will want to create or order your Valentine cards. For example, some online sites that offer personalized Valentines are Zazzle and Etsy. Once you have your cards in hand, you can use a site like MailChimp or AWeber for email lists and autoresponders. You’ll then be able to put together an email with links to order digital valentines using Google Docs or Keynote (or similar) software and automatically distribute them through your mailing list.

What do kids like?

The good news is that, when it comes to what kids want for Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to spend much. The American Greetings company’s annual Kids Holiday Preview survey found that many kids would rather receive something handmade or edible than something expensive. According to survey results published by Business Insider, most children want someone to spend time with them or give them money and chocolate. The research found that parents spend about $86 per child on average for holiday gifts and activities in 2022.

How do I create the perfect message?

There are tons of ways to show your kids that you love them and that they’re special. Showing your children physically, verbally, and emotionally on a daily basis is ideal but not always possible. A quick way to let them know you care is by sending them a virtual Valentine’s Day card online. It doesn’t take much effort and it doesn’t cost anything. It also can go along with another method of showing affection like writing in there tell me something good book or having some special time together before bedtime.

What type of email subject should I use?

When sending valentines day cards to students, it’s always best practice to use text that is simple and friendly. Consider using Happy Valentine’s Day! or some variation of Sending you to love on Valentine’s Day, followed by a heart emoji. Remember that all emails should be professional, so avoid overly personalized salutations like Hey there! or I hope you had an awesome weekend! Instead, try something more like Hello [Student Name]! How was your weekend? Best wishes for today’s Valentine’s Day from your teacher at [School Name]. Have a wonderful day.

Set a budget

This can be tricky, especially when it comes to teacher Valentines. Chances are that you already feel pinched for time, so it can be tempting to just pick up some cards at CVS on your way home from school. Before you go through with that plan, ask yourself if you have any money left in your classroom budget and whether or not the school is going to reimburse you for supplies. If all of those boxes get checked (and even if they don’t), set aside $5-$10 for your project, but try not spend any more than that.

Choose a theme

Once you’ve decided what kind of valentine you want to send, it’s time to choose a theme. Personalized valentines are among some of our favorites and with Crayola’s new interactive cards, kids can really express themselves with everything from stick-figure drawings and photos of their friends. Or if your student just wants more candy, we’ve got plenty of traditional Valentine treats, like milk chocolate kisses and red heart candies! If you need more ideas for your valentine, we have fun idea pages for all age groups. Just look up your child’s grade level in grades K-8 or 9-12.

Create a creative image

As you brainstorm, keep in mind that your goal is for your recipients to enjoy receiving your note. Is there a creative way for you to reach them? What’s something you could create or send that would delight them and make them smile (or even laugh)? You don’t have to be an artist but creating something in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint can help you think of ideas and see them visually before it’s too late. You could take inspiration from our free valentine templates on Canva! Check out our new Valentine’s Day Poster Maker. There are lots of cute pre-made templates like Cupid, Love Owls, Flamingo & Roses and other styles.

Plan your mailings

Keep an eye on your email’s open rate (the percent of messages actually opened) and click-through rate (the percent of people who read at least one of your messages and then click on one). Then, look at your responses. Did you get more positive feedback than negative feedback? If so, then you’re in good shape. If not, consider whether: Your subject line is worth opening and taking action on. Consider whether it delivers what it promises—e.g., is Annual Report likely to be engaging enough for people to open your email? In many cases, companies try many different subject lines until they find one that works well for them.

Send the Valentine’s message to their classmates

If you have an existing class list, creating your personalized message is easy. First, search for your class list and then, add it to your Canvas course homepage as a resource on which you can draw. From there, head back over to Canvas and click on Messages. Then, once inside your Messages window click Send messages under the heading of the course you’d like to share with.

After doing so, go ahead and fill out all of your necessary information for each student in each group that you created. Finally hit submit! This will send messages via both email as well as an instant messenger directly within their Canvas page itself! You may want or need access back into these at some point so don’t forget that they exist.

Conclusion

We must embrace these tools that are freely available. Teachers can save money, save time and reach all of their students with an immediacy not possible before. This is what today’s wired student is used to and teachers need to use these tools and techniques in order for them to compete. Digital Valentines Day shouldn’t be just one day a year; it should be something that we do every day! If you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We would love to see your ideas! Happy Digital Valentines Day!

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