Stop the Paper Chase: Organize School Year Information

Stop the Paper Chase: Organize School Year Information

August 3, 2021
Organize School Information

The start of school brings a brisk new tempo to the household, sweeping away the sweet leisure of summer--and the first day of school can bring an unwelcome splash of busy reality.  

Will you be ready? Get organized now to sail into school with ease!  

Today in the Back-to-School Countdown, we focus on information, contacts and appointments.  It's time to gather paperwork, start a school-year contacts list, and schedule any needed appointments in good time for the first day of school.

Gather School Paperwork

Today, take a moment to collect all school-related paperwork and information--whether online or in printed form.  Examples include:

  • Registration forms and orientation materials
  • Medical forms
  • School supply lists
  • School calendars
  • School lunch menus
  • Before- and after-school care information
  • Bus schedules

Getting the paperwork to a single location will help you complete any back-to-school forms more easily. No more games of "hunt the sports release!"

Create a Contacts List

During the next few weeks, you and your child will meet new teachers, school nurses, bus drivers and counselors.  Make life easy for you--and for any caregivers--by creating a central list of school contacts.

Whether you create a special "school" listing in a smartphone or computer contacts manager, or rely on a paper or printable list, start a school contacts list today.

As information arrives, you'll be ready to note phone numbers and e-mail contact information for use during the coming year.

Make Needed Appointments

Are there still appointments to be made before school starts?  If you haven't already done so, call and make appointments for:

  • Haircuts
  • Sports physicals
  • Immunizations

Back-to-School Printables


Back-to-School Checklist

Get organized for back-to-school with this ultimate back-to-school checklist.  Get organized, gear up and get ready for a new school year.


Back-to-School Budget

The start of a new school year can be hard on the pocketbook.  Try these ideas to set a budget and save money on back-to-school shopping.


Back-to-School Information

A one-page record for school contacts and information cuts school-day chaos. Send 'em back to school from an organized home.


Back-to-School Clothing Checklist

Use this printable back-to-school clothing checklist to plan school wardrobes and to note needed items. With space to create lists for two children, it's an easy way to organize school shopping trips.


School Lunch Planner

Lighten the lunch load--and ease hectic mornings--with this printable school lunch planner.