I also view teaching as a teacher, student, parent triangle. I feel like you can connect with parents without being too much or creating an overwhelming feeling by simply sharing an email with them to ask a question or if you need to exaplin something to them. I think that having a forum such as classdojo and having the parent be able to quickly send you a message as if you are texting can be helpful as well without being to overwhelming. Also I think that sending out weekly newsletters, or weekly checkins would be beneficial as well and not too overwhelming because they can simply ask questions on their or provide feedback on something their child did and then send it back to the teacher with the student. I think that parents like communicating with their childs teacher and that if you build a relationship with them from the very first day they will not feel overwhelmed, but instead comfortable with talking to you and not mind when you so send emails, or weekly check ins, or things such as that. Basically establish that relationship with them day one and let them know how you will contact them, or ask them how they would like to communicate as well as what form of communication they will prefer. Hope this helps a little!
Lexi Seiwerth From Carolyn Mohrs science class