Staying organized through the school year can be a challenge, no matter the age group. But each August brings the chance to start over again. Help your student stay on top of it all with these tips.
It all starts with the locker. In order to keep this space organized, gear up.
“There are a lot of various products out there at the Container Store and office supply stores with magnets,” said Reanna Wallace of Blissfully Organized. She recommends products with magnets to hold pens and pencils as well as whiteboards for important memos.
“You can make a checklist so you don’t forget books or homework materials,” she said.
When it comes to binders going to and from school, common sense is best.
“Use tabs and categorize subjects for all the paperwork you will be managing. Use pocket tabs if you don’t have time to punch holes in your papers,” said Dina Taylor of Easily Organized. This will not only help keep your children organized, but it will help clear their minds in order to complete important tasks.
“Most can’t think clearly when over-stimulated by excess,” she said.
“Studies show [students do better by] designating an actual area,” Wallace said. Her own daughter grew up with a desk of her own, say from Ikea or a similar, affordable retailer. “If you get glue on it or write on it, the sky’s the limit — it’s their table.”
She also encourages parents with multiple children to create a vertical filing system at home with a calendar. That way, any papers that need to be signed don’t get lost in the shuffle.
“That entire area right there is for your kids’ incoming and outgoing action items to review,” she said.
With a set plan, each child can succeed at staying organized this school year.
- Aug. 18, 9:30–11 a.m.: Incoming kindergarten parent coffee (3600 Cornell Avenue)
- Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m.: Find Your Place in the Eagle’s Nest
- Aug. 22, 10-noon: ABPA incoming kinder popsicle party (playground)
- Aug. 7-14: Back-to-school sign-up
- Aug. 20, 5-6 p.m.: Meet the Teacher K-4
- Aug. 21, 10-11 a.m.: Meet the Teacher Pre-K
- Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-noon: ABPA incoming kinder popsicle party (playground)
University Park Elementary
- Aug. 19, 5-6 p.m.: Kinder Popsicles in the Park (sport court)
- Aug. 21, 5:30-7 p.m.: Meet and greet your teacher
- Aug. 22, 9-10:30 a.m.: Fourth-grade back-to-school swim party (Royal Oaks Country Club)
- Aug. 25, 7:50-8:50 a.m.: Parent mix-and-mingle coffee (cafeteria)
- Aug. 21, 9-10 a.m.: Newcomer orientation breakfast meeting (MIS 5/6 assembly room)
- Aug. 27, 5:30-7:15 p.m.: Parents’ night
- Aug. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Newcomer orientation breakfast meeting (MIS 5/6 assembly room)
- Aug. 24-28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: New student enrollment process (MIS 5/6 conference room)
- Aug. 1, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: College application workshop (library)
- Sept. 2, 6-7 p.m.: Freshman parent meeting (cafeteria)
*We didn’t hear back from Hyer Elementary by press deadline.