School is just starting. Now is the time to create a school folder. This is not to keep homework for the kids. This is where you keep all information that comes home from school. Later in the year if there is a problem or a question, you pull out the folder and all relevant information will be at your fingertips. If you have several children a 3 ring binder may be necessary. Each child will need their own section. Otherwise a folder will be fine.
What to keep in the folder.
The first page should include your child’s name, school name, address, and phone number. Most schools have emails, include that as well. This front page should also include any and all teachers. Most schools have an electronic system that allows parents to check grades. Include that information as well. This first page will give you the important people and numbers that have daily contact with your child.
Next, include your child’s schedule. Even grade school has a schedule. There are certain times of the day when they go to certain classes. Write them down. This will be important when scheduling doctors appointments or early dismissals. You will know at a glance what your child has missed and who to contact for the needed work.
Beyond this the folder my vary from school to school and teacher to teacher. A lot of information is passed out in the first week of school. After the schedule, include any policies or procedures the child’s teacher has passed out. Some teachers hand out class contracts and class procedures. Make copies and keep one in your folder. Also, your child may need to keep one in his/her school notebook. Any information the teacher pass out can be useful later, especially if a conference is needed later in the year.
If a class phone list is given out include that as well. You never know when you may need to contact a student’s parents.
At the end of your folder keep the school handbook. Actually read the handbook. It is full of useful information. This is also the place to keep any extra school papers and receipts. Papers explaining child pick up and drop off, medication policy, and early dismissal policies will need to be kept for future reference. Also, any receipts from the school throughout the year need to be kept. Sometimes things get lost at school. If you have your receipt there will not be a question of whether or not you paid. Always keep your receipts.
If your child has special needs, be sure to keep any paperwork regarding that. For instance, if your child takes speech or has an IEP, you should keep copies of that information. Depending on events through the school year you may need to refer back to those forms.
The goal of the folder is to have all the information necessary, about school, at your fingertips. We all hope for a good year without incident, but that is not always the case. Having your child’s class and school information in one place makes information easier to find. Organize your notebook today.