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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PhinneyWood Summer Streets
What: Add color to the pavement with sidewalk chalk, check out an acrobatic performance by Versatile Arts, and more at the mile-long block party.
Why: Donate a few cans of food and watch ’em get stacked into a towering pyramid.
When: Fri., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Greenwood Ave., b/t N. 67th & N. 87th Sts. Adults and children, free.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
What: Before your scholar hops on the bus, learn tips to keep him safe.
Why: It’ll ease his first-day jitters — and yours.
When: Aug. 17.
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall SE (425-637-8100). Register now (while there’s space) online at emuseum.kidsquestmuseum.org. Admission is free. Child care, $5 suggested donation per child.
Drawing in the Park
What: Artists of all ages sketch the picturesque surroundings of Olympic Sculpture Park.
Why: Leave the Crayolas at home; materials are provided.
When: Thru Aug. 27. Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: 2901 Western Ave. (206-654-3100). Adults and children, free.
Photos: Courtesy of Erin Condren; Courtesy of Blue Sky; Courtesy of Russell + Hazel