Mailbags - The BEST way to Manage Home - School Communication

Are you looking for a better way to deal with home/school communication and ensuring that everything gets to where it is going?  I am sharing what works and what DIDN'T work, from experience.  Read on to find the best way I have found to send things home as well as get important papers back.

using mailbags to manage home - school communication

Sending things home from school and getting them back can be challenge.  Many times I have received ripped, wrinkled and wet papers dug out of the bottom of a backpack or had a child dump out their back pack looking for the coins for their milk order.  I have tried it all and I wanted to share my system (and my previous fails) with you.

Way back at the dawn of my teaching career I used bags.  I thought they were the perfect way to get everything home in one piece to a parent. I used the ones with the little zipper on top. However, it was soon very evident that these were not going to work as I had thought.  The zipper thing broke off and then the bags would not close.  So I moved on to ziploc bag 2.0.  These bags were the typical ziploc bags (minus the fancy zipper closer) and I simply labelled them with a sticker.  These bags worked a little bit better but they still ripped and were never big enough to fit everything.
using mailbags to manage home - school communication

Next I moved on to folders like the one below.  I laminated them and put everything in the pockets inside to go home.  I did like these but I needed to make a new one for everyone half way through the year as they didn't hold up very well.  These worked better than the bags but I still struggled with where to put bigger things.  The other ongoing issue was how to deal with money that came in. There wasn't a good place for it.

using mailbags to manage home - school communication
So I moved on to option number 3.  I found both these bags in a dollar store and instantly loved them. The mailbags are actually courier bags from Dollarama and the clear pencil cases are from Dollar Tree.

Free editable labels to use with mailbags to manage home - school communication

I loved the size of the zipper bag and I loved that it closed tight.  Now everything could be stored safely inside and it would stay inside.  I had another a-ha moment when I saw the clear pencil cases. They were perfect to use for money pouches.  Now I could almost guarantee that the money and the forms would get to me.  I put this holder on the wall of my classroom for the pouches and the kids put them there if there was anything in them.  It works like a charm.
using mailbags to manage home - school communication

I hope you find this tip useful.  I have found the investment worth it as I have never had to replace one mid year.  The money pouches are actually on their third year.  Every year I buy a few more to replace those with broken zippers or ones that have not stood up to the use.

You can grab labels for both the mail bag and the money bag too.  They are in bright colors or in the rainbow that is shown.  Add your name and email below to get access to this freebie in my Free Resource Library.

Free editable labels to use with mailbags to manage home - school communication


Are you looking for other ideas to get you ready for Back to School?  Check out my Pinterest board for lots of ideas.

18 comments

  1. Great tip, Christina! What a great way to keep things organized. It can be so hard to make sure things get home and back to school in one piece.
    Andrea
    Always Kindergarten

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    1. It is a struggle, especially in Kindergarten! I am glad you found the tip useful.
      Christina

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  2. Thanks for hosting, Christina, and thanks for the tip! We've used the folders, but they do have to be replaced around Winter Break and they are frequently lost, so I love your idea and love that they're dollar store items even more!

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    1. I LOVE the Dollar Store like most teachers. I thought the folders were the best option but I didn't like making new ones every year after Christmas. This new system really works for me.

      Thanks for linking up
      Christina

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  3. Love that idea! My Friday Folders get pretty scary through the winter months... The pouches look like a perfect alternative. Thanks for sharing! You can find me here: http://mrsmcreativeteaching.blogspot.com/ :)

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    1. I am glad you found the idea helpful. Thanks for linking up.
      Christina

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  4. I love the take home bags from the dollar store! I have not seen those around here! I might have to start shopping Dollar Tree online! LOL Thanks for the tips!

    Heidi
    Droppin' Knowledge WBT Style

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    1. I found these particular bags at Dollarama (not sure if you have these in the US) but the little pencil cases are from Dollar Tree. Hope you can find them!

      Thanks for linking up,
      Christina

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  5. Thank you for hosting this linky party! This is a great idea to put in their take home binders so money or important papers do not get "mysteriously lost". I think I am going to talk to my students about not being allowed to touch the take home bags unless they are at home with their parent, so things do not get taken out in the bus or parent pick up line. :)

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    1. Agreed! Don't let them open it up and rifle through it. That drives me crazy. I always tell them the things in their bag are for their families to look at.

      Thanks for linking up!
      Christina

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  6. Thanks for hosting this linky. It's such a great way to learn how to connect with other teacher bloggers. There is just so much to learn. And thanks for the tip. I think this will be next thing I try in my classroom this year. :)
    ~A from Brain Ninjas
    Brain Ninja Notes

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    1. Thanks for linking up and can I say I love your name! I hope that there will be some new learning for everyone with this network.

      Christina

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  7. Christina--thank you for providing this opportunity for a link-up! Your tip is great. I'm looking forward to connecting with other educators/bloggers and learning more great tips!

    Sandy from Adventures of a Techy Teacher

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    1. You are welcome. I hope for some great collaboration and learning within this group.

      Christina

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  8. I just bought a bunch of those blue pouches yesterday to make Eye Spy word work containers. Now seeing them as money pouches I may have to go get some more. Thanks for sharing :)
    @ Wiley Teaching

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    1. I have used them for Eye spy word work too but I do love them for money and forms. Thanks for checking out my blog!

      Christina

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  9. I just bought a bunch of those blue pouches yesterday to make Eye Spy word work containers. Now seeing them as money pouches I may have to go get some more. Thanks for sharing :)
    @ Wiley Teaching

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love my money bags. No more hunting in backpacks for loose change.

    Christina

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