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Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Student Organization! Starting on the right foot! (FREE File)

June 8 Deedee 3 min read

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right!  I have used student binders since my first days in the classroom.  But after finding these cute images, I decided it was time for an update!

I collected a supply fee at the beginning of the year that covered the total cost of these binders (about $8.50)

Student Binders

First, I start with the binders.  I have always purchased them at Costco.  The last I checked, you can get a package of 6 for under $7.50.  The binders are very durable and will last the whole year.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Inside the binder

I wanted a spot for parents to slide notes and money in that would stay secure.  So I added a zippered pouch.  I usually pick these up at Wal-Mart and they run about $1.00 each.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

I included an alphabet chart for nightly practice.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

I  included a word wall list  for the year. Our class schedule was also inside the binder.Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Then I had a poly folder that would help keep papers straight!  

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Here is a close-up of our newsletter.  I also copied our weekly reading log on the back.  In this way, I could be sure it was seen each week.  As a parent, I know life gets busy… so I want to be sure the newsletter gets home.  My students can help in this process.  

SIDENOTE:  I have ALWAYS included my cell phone number on my newsletters.  I tell my parents, “I would rather have you call me if there is a concern or issue, than worry about something all night.”   Teachers, have you ever worried about something and then it festers.  For me, I worry and fret like a pro! Wouldn’t it be nice to just pick up the phone and talk to someone about it?  And when it is your child, the fret can multiply.  Wouldn’t you rather have them talk to you so you can reassure them than take it to Facebook? I have taught in a variety of schools with the full gamut of parent types. Like I said, I have always included my cell phone number and I have NEVER regretted it… EVER.  

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

I liked to change the theme every so often so it would look fresh and new.  So there are 22 different themes included in this packet.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

We also have a calendar that I can add special dates, deadlines, and such.  (This has been updated for 2018 and will be each year).

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

Welcome parents and students

As soon as I get my student list, I send out these letters to the parents!

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

And these postcards go out to the students.

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

These are available for FREE and you can download them at the end of this blog post.

You can read more about parent communication and classroom organization by clicking on the following links:

A Parent’s Guide to Leveled Texts (FREE file included)

Books Bags and Parent Communication (FREE file included)

Anchor Charts for Student Behavior and Organization (Free file included)

Student Organization Binders help you start the year off right. This post will show you how I organize my student take-home binders, newsletter templates, and monthly calendars. You can also get a free Welcome Parents letter and student post card.

You can check out this resource and download the preview to see what is included and more information on these editable pages

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Student Binders, Newsletters, and Calendars

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16 Comments

  • Gail June 8 at 9:54 am

    OOPS! My internet was the download problem Thank you for the GREAT Freebie!

    • Deedee June 10 at 4:55 pm

      You are welcome! I am glad you got it!

  • Shannon Veal June 8 at 12:24 pm

    I love this! Thank you for sharing, Are you going to be hosting a summer book club?

    • Deedee June 13 at 7:51 pm

      I REALLY want to, but I have not settled into a plan yet. I am thinking about an interactive writing one. MAKE me commit!!! ha!!!! I think July will be the best month. What do you think?

  • Angela Klein June 9 at 8:31 am

    Hi There!
    First off, I have purchased several of yours and Mrs Jumps curriculum and will be busy all summer prepping and getting ready to implement it all! Yay!
    Questions about Student Organization Binders… how do you manage collecting these? Do the students turn them in daily to you and if so can you explain what that looks like? Or do they go home on Monday and come back Fridays?
    Thanks for your help and all your amazing work!

    • Deedee June 13 at 8:20 pm

      Hi there!

      My students took them home and brought them back each day. I did not collect them, the students simply put them in their desks. At the beginning of the year, I would do binder checks every few days to get them in the habit of cleaning them out. After that, I would just do a binder check once a week. A binder check was just, “put your binder on your desk so we can check that it is cleaned out.” Nothing fancy and it took just a minute or two to do. I hope that helps.

  • Laurel Rulison June 9 at 7:23 pm

    I tried binders this year and it was a miserable fail. Every time a binder was dropped, the rings would pop open and everything would spill out. I even tried putting zipties around the base of the rings. How do you store the binders during the day? Did you have problems with them being dropped?

    I’d like to try them again, but need to figure out a better system first. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Deedee June 13 at 7:52 pm

      My class had desks, so students put them in their desks each day. I never had a problem with them being dropped. The rings stayed shut and everything. I know that the binders I got at Costco were 10 times better than the ones I had gotten one year at WalMart. They lasted GREAT!

  • Joan June 13 at 6:36 pm

    Deed,
    I saw in a post, which now I can’t find, a really cool binding machine. I know only a teacher would say that. Can you tell me about it? Where you purchased it? Etc. Thanks! Joan

    • Deedee June 13 at 8:01 pm

      I am seriously OBESSESSED with my binder. My dog better get out of the way. I got it off of Amazon (naturally)! It weighs a ton (poor Mike, our UPS man). Here is a link to the one I got:
      Binding Machine

  • Shannon June 14 at 10:35 am

    I would love it if you did an interactive writing one. I am really wanting to focus on writing this year in my room. That would be perfect!!

  • Lisa June 15 at 10:15 pm

    Hi! Love the binder idea. I feel the need to get more organized with every passing year! I usually buy the cheap paper folders for my class and switch them out with new folders every quarter, however, if I move to binders, I won’t have to deal with that mess…so I’ll be doing some shopping at Costco soon! Can you tell me what size binders you used? I was thinking 1″ but not sure after seeing all the things that go in the binder.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

    • Deedee June 20 at 3:27 pm

      Yes! 1″ would work perfectly!!!

  • Marrona June 23 at 10:01 pm

    My students have mailboxes. Each day their binders are placed in their mailbox. Just an idea.

  • Lee Anne Picklesimer August 8 at 11:36 am

    Am I missing the links for the labels (one for zipper pouch and one for inside the folder)? I downloaded the file, but could not find where they were to print ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Deedee August 11 at 6:40 am

      You just need to unzip the file to get them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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