I am pleased to share that our School Station at home is basically done. Laz and I, and yaya, have been using it for the past few weeks and it has really helped to manage the school paper trail, access supplies, file receipts, and to take note of action documents. I’m also very happy about not having to trip over Laz’s school stroller in the living room, and to have all our extra supplies in one place.
My lighting and editing work is horrible, but I’ve been using just iPhone photos for the entire blog so far. I’ll bring out the camera once the School Station is truly complete, hehe (will these projects ever truly end?).
Anyway. I decided to go really muted with this corner, so I even did away with the colored paper clips and stuck to silver. The name letters are in very light pastel because I didn’t want them to stand out too much against that big white cabinet. (You can see how I attached the letters here). Oh, and Laz uses a puncher this year, because they’re being taught to file away their papers with fasteners in the folders they always bring home.
I keep action documents on that clipboard. These are usually PTC schedules or deadlines or field trip activities that I need out in the open, to remind me. I decided to go with clipboards because I didn’t want to drill holes in my walls for a white/corkboard. The hook is where Laz or Jeff can hang Laz’s school ID, fetcher’s card, and gate pass (yes, his school is like a dungeon, anti-kidnapping. Kudos to them though!).
Now here’s what’s inside the School Station cabinets, and how all the different parts keep us organized:
1] File Boxes. This is where we file all the school papers Laz brings home daily, and it really keeps the paper clutter at bay. I have hanging folders for: Instructions (the more important school letters, guidelines, school handbook, registration or enrollment forms. Everything here will go into my School Binder); Letters (all the other school letters, for announcements, etc. In other words, these are the letters I’ll throw away at the end of the school year); Payments (tuition receipts, receipts for school shirts, etc.); Report Cards (for grades, awards, certificates, and school pictures. These will go into my School Binder, too); Activities (everything related to extra-curricular activities or clubs); and Tutor (receipts, information sheets, tutor’s billing statements, etc.). (You can see the folders here).
2] Mamu’s Supplies. Everything I need for this School Station!
3] Bin for School Supplies. I have Laz’s extra utensils, crayons, pencils, whiteboard erasers, bag tags, writing supplies for when he goes to his tutor, and extra pouches there. Behind the bin are eco-bags tagged with Laz’s name. The school requires plain pencil pouches for the boys, but Laz asked for one of those cartoon-illustrated ones for use when he goes to tutor, so we have separate supplies for that too.
4] Filing Drawers. The top drawer holds more school supplies (whiteboard markers, erasers, sharpeners, more pencils, and Laz’s ruler). The middle drawer holds Laz’s name stickers and extra note pads for letters to his teacher. The bottom drawer holds plastic sleeves, card sleeves, extra lanyards, and small plastic zip-up envelopes.
5] Carry All Box with Wheels. This is where I’ll be putting the artwork Laz brings home, and all his quizzes and seatwork. The quizzes and seatwork will be filed in one expanding envelope per quarter – he’s going to need them when he reviews for quarterly exams. I was so happy to find that box because, prior to that, everything else I checked out was too big or wide and wouldn’t have left enough room for Laz’s school stroller.
6] Clipboard for Action Documents and a Hook for IDs. As seen above. I have a clipboard and a hook on each side of the cabinet, one set all ready for when Alo starts school as well.