Paper Chase: Organize School-Year Information

Back to School Calendar

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!

On Day 3 of 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 our paper School Information printable, start a 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 Information Planner