Hey everyone! I wanted to share something that has been a huge help in my class this year...my Notes From Home basket! I can't believe I had never done this in the past, but I honestly never kept a designated place for parent notes, fieldtrip forms, picture money, and all of that!! I just always took the forms on the fly, in the midst of greeting and attendancing (we seriously need a computer dictionary that recognizes our teacher lingo and doesn't make those red error lines!) and other busy morning activities.
I know, pretty bad!
Well, this summer I decided I couldn't face the papers flying at me in the morning anymore...so I made this designated basket.
And it has worked like a charm!
I no longer touch any papers from home first thing in the morning...I just ask the students to put them right in the basket. Then, during specials, I take the time to sort through and organize these important items.
So, pretty simple, but I did want to share--just in case you would like to try the same (though I'm sure you are much more organized and already thought of this).
I have a template for Notes From Home below, plus some editable labels that I shared back in the summer here: Editable Black Labels.
What are some little organizational tricks you've used that have made a big impact in your classroom? I would love to learn some new ideas!
And here's the file...