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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Ultimate Back to School List

Do you have a Back to School List?

Are you checking it twice?

This is the Ultimate Back to School List to help your classroom survive and thrive through the school year. The only thing from the list that I have to ask parents for more of are tissue boxes and copy paper (my school doesn't supply this and asks the parents to donate to each classroom). If you ask, you shall receive. It's a simple concept, and it works every year. Make a concise list of what you need to be successful for the entire year and ask parents for donations.

Each parent is encouraged to help donate at least one item from the list. Click HERE to download.
1. Book for Classroom Library
2. Cardstock (any color)
3. Astrobright Paper
4. Walmart Gift Card
5. Target Gift Card
6. Clorox Wipes
7. Tissue Boxes
8. Cardstock White
9. Index Cards 4x6 White
10. Paper Plates
11. Ziploc Bags (gallon size)
12. Ziploc Bags (snack size)
13. Dry Erase Markers (Black only)
14. Dry Erase Markers (any color)
15. Ream of White Copy paper
16. Crayons
17. Glue Sticks
18. Individually wrapped candy
19. Calculators (middle grades)
20. Scissors

So how do you get the parents involved to actually donate? The best way is an easy print and go actionable "hand" out for the parents to take as a reminder.

These hands are placed on a desk or whiteboard when students visit for Meet the Teacher or Open House. I encourage every parent to sign in and take a hand. It is great when parents help meet the needs of the classroom and come together to support students. Ask your parents what they can do for you and you may just be surprised by their generosity.

"Love how everything you need is included! So amazing!" -Happy teacher
"Easy prep!" -Organized teacher
May your classroom be supplied and ready to go for the school year! Preparation is key and parental involvement and buy-in to the classroom early on will ensure you have a great school year.

Happy Teaching!