As I complete my grade cards at each quarter, I use small stickers (like those for incentive charts) that are smiley faces or have positive remarks, etc. to liven up and add fun, colorful positive reinforcement to each subject area. I use discretion so that I am not putting a "SUPER JOB" sticker next to a 70%/D grade. I also have some small stamps with various colored stamp pads that I use instead of stickers each time. Since we have conferences at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters and written comments at the end of the school year, I type brief comments to include with the grade card at the end of the 2nd quarter. This usually includes a follow-up on goals set in place at the 1st quarter conferences and other achievements or recommendations. For my comments, I stress positive attributes of the student. When applicable, I include recommendations for students who need help in academic areas and social areas. Using words like -- Provide Suzie with reading opportunities..., Encourage Jimmy to accept others' differences..., Continue using activities to develop small muscle control..., Use the tutorial program we discussed... -- seem to be proactive with parents. I always end the comments with an upbeat thought...See you at the library! or Be proud of yourself! or You are geared up for 3rd grade! or something like that.