When Schools “Go Green”

When schools go green, I will most likely roll over in my grave.  My grave?  Yep.  I think it will take them that long to take advantage of a little thing called the Internet that most likely every person in our school district has in their home.  Today was the first day back to school for my girls.  It may sound weird, but one of the things I dread the very most about them going back to school is all the paper.  Forms for this and that.  Newsletters.  Permission slips.  PTO announcements.  Market Day forms….you get the idea.  These papers stress me out and make my life very complicated.  Where do I put them?  Are they important?  Do I really care about Market Day?  Maybe I really should, but I don't.

This is what came home in my girls' folders today. 

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I counted about 40 pieces of paper.  I decided I'm going to do an experiment.  From now until the end of the school year I am going to keep all the papers the girls get sent home in a bin.  How many trees will be cut down to supply my two girls with endless forms to fill out and redundant announcements about How to drop off your kid in the morning and the new food policy at PHM?  We'll just have to see.

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11 thoughts on “When Schools “Go Green”

  • August 13, 2008 at 6:25 pm
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    It’s crazy isn’t it? Our school did offer for us to enter out email addy so we could get all communication that way. I did it last year & still got papers all year.
    What a waste.

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  • August 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm
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    Is that an American Eskimo? I hate paper, too. Let’s form a club. Virtually, of course.

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  • August 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm
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    oh yea – that is what I have to look forward to next week. I just have a 3 ring binder for each kid in the mud room and when they get home each day we hole punch all the papers and put them in the notebook — it is crazy how much we get!

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  • August 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm
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    I love how Belle is so in the thick of things. She is such a doll, I just want to stick her in my pocket and take her home with me:)

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  • August 14, 2008 at 12:02 am
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    That’s after just one day? Now that is crazy! I don’t miss those days (well at least not the paperwork). When my kids were in school teachers had a fit if you asked for an email address. I don’t think the school system back then had emails set up at school. Wow, I feel old all of a sudden.

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  • August 14, 2008 at 8:59 am
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    Chris’s teacher last year hated the waste so she would put practice problems on the back of any note that had an empty back to it. The kids would have to bring it back in or they would do them in class.

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  • August 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm
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    I have to say that Ethan’s teacher last year was good about sending newsletters and such online instead of sending home paper. I so appreciated the email newsletters and weekly updates without the paper.
    We use all these papers for our coloring pages. Anything that has a blank back on it gets reused for the kids to draw on. I hate not reusing it.

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  • August 15, 2008 at 8:33 pm
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    You’re not kidding. And this doesn’t even account for all the forms we have to fill out and return that are “filed” somewhere. I had to fill out 37 forms with all the same information for Lauren’s kindergarten . . . Ah, the joys of public education!

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  • August 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm
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    You’re not kidding. And this doesn’t even account for all the forms we have to fill out and return that are “filed” somewhere. I had to fill out 37 forms with all the same information for Lauren’s kindergarten . . . Ah, the joys of public education!

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  • August 18, 2008 at 9:47 am
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    Hey Michelle,
    Melissa Bastian (now Black) here. Our school is doing more online this year. They mailed a paper home asking if we wanted to receive announcements online or hard copy. We’ll see if I still get both.
    Great to find your blog.
    Take care, Melissa

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  • August 19, 2008 at 10:58 pm
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    Funny… last night on our local news they were interviewing a dad who was throwing a fit that his child had to print out their homework from home. The school was cutting down on paper supply… but I’m sure it was more about budget saving then going green. 🙂

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