Back to School…Time to Get Yourself Organized!

It seems like my kids just got out of school for Summer break last week, but now it’s already time to get ready for going back.  Ugh!  This weekend, both kids got their classroom assignments, school supply lists, and dates for all upcoming back to school events.  It seemed a little early to me, but after looking at my calendar, I realized that they only have 3 1/2 more weeks of Summer break!  The arrival of their school letters always sends me into a ridiculous frenzy.  I must get organized immediately!  So, I thought I would share my tips for getting ready for the school year with you.
The first thing I do is organize my dry erase calendar.  This is my life saver!  I keep it beside my desk, and update it often.  What works best for me is assigning a color to each family member.  I bought a set of small magnetized dry erase markers, and assigned colors to everyone…Kate is pink, Cam is blue, Matt is black, and I am green.  I write everyone’s events in their color, and it helps me to plan ahead for rides and meals.  If someone’s plans change, it is really easy to erase and adjust.  These calendars are pretty cheap, usually between $5 and $10, and they usually have magnets on the back, so you can put them on your refrigerator.    
Next to my calendar, I keep a cork board.  I made this one myself as you can see!  This is where I keep all letters and papers that need to be filled out and sent back to school.  Right now, I have my kid’s school supply lists and classroom assignments on mine.  If papers come in that I am not ready to tackle yet, I just pin them here, so I don’t lose them.  
Once I get both of their school supply lists, I make a list to take to the store with me.  I basically combine both of their lists to keep it less confusing.  This way, I can go to the store and grab things pretty quickly, while marking them off as I go.  I always buy each of them a large plastic tote, and divide their supplies when I get home.  That way, I can just take the tote to school and leave it with their teachers.   Most teachers appreciate this, because everything is together in one place, and they get an extra storage container.  I then write a check for each of their school fees, place it in an envelope with their name and what fees the checks are for, and place it in the top of their tote.  I never send cash, because with all of the supplies coming in, you never know what can get lost in the shuffle.
To make sure that I don’t miss anything that is going on at their schools, I bookmark their school’s websites, and check back often.  Sometimes forms and announcements don’t make it home in their backpacks, so I check at least once a week.  The school’s websites are a great place to check school breakfast and lunch menus, school calendars, and find teacher’s email addresses.  Some teachers even have a website for their classrooms.  Kate is in Spanish Immersion, so her classroom website is a huge help to me!  Cameron’s school lists all homework assignments, so if he has forgotten to write an assignment down in his agenda, he can go and see what homework he has.  
Since we are about 3 1/2 weeks away from the beginning of school, I can now relax a little.  The week before school starts, I will set up an area to keep lunch packing supplies, mark on my calendar which days they will be packing lunch, plan menus, and really start freaking out!  Wish me luck!  
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Love,

Jessica