Read all newsletters and notes that the teacher hands out, as well as news from the school within 24 hours if possible. This is important to follow all year long. You don’t want to miss out on “special guest day” because you forgot to check your child’s backpack with the info, or tossed it in the recycle bin before reading it. Make a folder for information you want to keep during the year. Do this for each child in school. Put the folder somewhere safe so you can easily refer back to it. Don’t keep your child’s special papers and projects in there; maintain a separate box or drawer for those items that you want to save. Also, have a special place for school library books. Trust me! This will save you time and anxiety so you’re not scrambling every Wednesday morning before the bus arrives to find that library book so your child will be allowed to check out another book that day.