Communication is a two-way street, as are expectations. This contains some ideas on what to ask students at the beginning of the year to find out their hopes, expectations, and what they need from a teacher, as well as how to do it effectively.
Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits: Ready or Not...Meet the Teacher! -- This is such a cute idea and what better way to interact with parents than giving! I know when I am given things I feel like I'm actually doing something right/good. I think this would be a