Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure all health forms are returned, permission slips signed, and drop-offs/pickups coordinated.
You may select any calendar, reminder system, or notepad to complete this task. However, we strongly recommend the following.
Erin Condren Jumbo Calendar
Backed with a sturdy piece of acrylic, the calendar ($40) hangs on the wall or sits on a counter propped up by a plate stand. Personalize it with your name and family pics; use colorful reminder stickers (date night, no school, hair appointment) to keep things on track.
Susy Jack Notes Mouse Pad
You’re online ordering winter pj’s when you remember you need milk — a natural mom-brain connection. Thankfully, a notepad is always at your fingertips, courtesy of a mouse pad ($9) that doubles as a to-do list. It’s a multifunctional solution for a multitasking mom.
Russell + Hazel Signature Binder and Files
Think of them as Trapper Keepers for the carpool set. The three-ring accessories ($14-$60) can be organized to house class lists, emergency contact info, extracurricular schedules, and school calendars, as well as homework, projects, and report cards.
If you do not get organized, your home will self-destruct in one month. Welcome back to school.
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Car Seat Checks
What: Drop by the free inspections to make sure seats are installed correctly.
Why: Dorel Juvenile Group and AAA Southern New England answer questions about transporting your precious cargo.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Stop & Shop, 301 Centre St., in the parking lot, Jamaica Plain (617-522-4300). Info at 617-443-9300.
What: Learn moves that strengthen muscles, straighten posture, and improve circulation.
Why: Core exercises work wonders on achy backs.
When: Ongoing. Arlington, Sat., 2:30-3:45 p.m.; Hanover, Sun., 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Where: Isis Arlington, 397 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; Isis South Shore, 2053 Washington St., Hanover. Info at 781-429-1500. Cost is $22 per class.
Hot Dog on a Log
What: Pack provisions to cook on Plimoth Plantation’s campfire and learn about Wampanoag traditions and games from long ago.
Why: It’s true that s’mores aren’t a historically accurate dessert, but they’re delicious nonetheless.
When: Thru Aug. 28. Sun., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth (508-746-1622). Plantation admission (includes event), adults and teens, $25.50; children, $15; under 6, free; event only, adults and teens, $5; children, $3.
Photos: Courtesy of Erin Condren; Courtesy of Blue Sky; Courtesy of Russell + Hazel