I'm dipping my toes into the back to school pool slowly! My first order of business, welcome & birthday postcards! I do these every year, and it's such an easy way to make your kids feel special! Who doesn't love getting mail, ACTUAL mail?!
I buy postcards at my local teacher store, they're inexpensive! To start, I fill out each card with a basic welcome message, and follow that up with our meet the teacher night info. This serves 2 purposes : welcome AND a reminder to come to back to school night. (We're a Title 1 school, and parent attendance at events is important!) Last, I put a stamp on each card, so they're ready to go....remember postcard stamps are cheaper than "regular stamps" so make sure you buy the correct stamps to save a few dollars!
That's the hard part, now I play the waiting game. WHEN DO I GET MY ROSTERS?! I get almost as excited as the kids do to see which students will be in Room 128 each year! When I finally get my roster, all I have to do is address the cards & put them in the mailbox!
Along the same lines is my birthday "routine." I make sure I have a pre-addressed, stamped, and written out postcard for each student at the beginning of the year. I keep these organized in a notecard holder, by month...I'm pretty sure I found it at the $ bin at Target. (I just covered the lettered tabs with the months of the year)
I wish I could say that I mail these the week of their birthday, but honestly, I mail out postcards at the beginning of each month. Pretty simple, and my kids LOVE it!
|Cheap finds from Five Below|
|Dollar finds @ Target|
|best goody bag helper. Ever.|
On top of that, I have a small bag of "goodies" for each student....pre-made of course. Mainly school supplies, and "treats," but I also put a coupon for a free book in there and the bag tag doubles as a free homework pass! The free book pass I get from my Scholastic book orders,
you can buy them with your "points" at the beginning of the year. Each student gets to choose a book from the catalog for a few $$. If you'd like the tags, just click the pic below to download!
All of my goodies came from Five Below!
My new favorite teacher store! It's not really a teacher store; kind of a glorified dollar store for teens. So much good stuff there, if you have one in your city, you should seriously check it out!!#summerisover