Back to school planning can feel so stressful, but it doesn’t need to be that way. One thing that I started years ago is having a big binder that acts almost like a checklist. I simply go through each section and make sure it’s ready for open house, parent night, and/or back to school. It’s nothing fancy, but sometimes that’s what works best. At least for me! So I thought I’d share what I put in my back to school binder.
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Our first day of preschool is on September 10th. While it’s over a month away, I know how quickly that time will go. Organization is important, especially right now while putting together rosters, parent packets, schedules, etc.
One thing I could never go without is my 1 1/2″ back-to-school binder.
Inside it, I have page dividers for the following:
- 2’s Roster
- 3’s Roster
- Morning Schedule
- Year Calendar
- Special Events
- Curriculum Outline
- Welcome Letter (to be mailed)
- Supply List (to be mailed)
- Separation Anxiety Information (to be mailed.)
- Questionnaire (to be given out at parent night)
- Parent Tidbits (to be given out at parent night)
- Photo Permission Slip (to be given out at parent night)
- Staff/Board Meeting Notes
- Open House/Parent Night Information (what I’ll need to cover)
- Scholastic Book Order Information
- Sign In Sheets
I have a tab for each of those. As I print the latest copy to give to parents, or as my director gives me the latest copy of her information, I place it behind the appropriate tab.
This is pretty much everything I’ll need to work on before school starts.
However, I keep this binder and use it all year, adding as we go along.
I use page protectors for many of the categories so that I can place several sheets inside. (For example, I have one sleeve for each month of teacher/board meetings and everything from that one month slips into that one sleeve.)As I’m planning for back-to-school, each section reminds me of what I need to mail, what needs to be updated, copied, purchased, etc.
And that’s it! Nothing fancy, but it really keeps me organized for back to school!
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