The new school year has begun and your child is carrying his/her backpack to and from school each and every day. Teachers expect your child to check his/her backpack upon arriving at school to look for important papers for the teacher, notes, snacks, or any other items that parents have sent to school. Children are taught to open their backpacks every day and look for these items and remove them before putting the backpack away. Teachers wish that parents had the same plan in place for when your child and the backpack arrive back home. When your child has worked hard on a paper or a project at school and brings it home, it would be wonderful to review this work with your child on the day that it comes home while the work is still fresh in your child’s memory. I can’t tell you how many children carry the same papers (not to mention the forgotten snacks that could become science projects in and of themselves!) back and forth to school every day and continue to add to these papers each day. Parents you should be able to find a few minutes in your day to talk to your child about his/her day and check the backpack. More teachers are using email to correspond with parents so thankfully we are not waiting for a note to be read in the paper mess in the backpack, but, please what about your child’s work, or notes from the school office or PTO/PTA. If you do not have a daily routine that involves, the backpack and your child…start one now so that your child knows that you value his/her efforts and work done at school.