The Only Thing Green About This Post Is The Grass

The kids have been in school for one month.  At one week I did a post about all the paper that had come home already.  I did a second post at two weeks to show everyone how the pile had multiplied.  This post is the one month check-up.  The paper you see here is not homework.  It is simply reminders after reminders, Market Day stuff and fund-raiser stuff.  PTO stuff and more reminders.  I have nothing against the Penn-Harris-Madison School system, I am hoping to make some people aware of what I think is a pretty serious problem.  I'm just hoping to raise the question of what to do.  I don't have the answers.  I am just hoping to start the discussion.   Any ideas?

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16 thoughts on “The Only Thing Green About This Post Is The Grass

  1. Renee says:

    Tai goes to ECDC (St. Mary’s) and we got a notice that all correspondance would be sent to us via email unless we opted out. I’m sure quite a large percentage of parents at PHM have computers & email. It shouldn’t be too hard.

  2. PsychMamma says:

    That is appalling! No ideas yet, but my wheels are turning…..

  3. Amy says:

    I agree. Ethan went to Clay & the teacher asked if we could receive notices through email. I welcomed the decrease in paper.
    I just love these pictures though, Michelle. Can I just say, you are making a statement in a BIG way, girlfriend! I think you need to set up a meeting with some higher ups in that school system.
    See you tomorrow- can’t wait!

  4. I just came here from Amy’s tweet – I hear ya 100%! I’m not following my carbon footprint or anything BUT I am following how much stuff comes in and disorganizes my house! There seems to be an opportunity there…

  5. Tara says:

    You definitely have helped me be more aware of how we can use less paper in any situation. I even thought about that tonight at the journey class and how they could have printed the notes on both sides of the paper to save half the amount of paper used….hugh!

  6. classymommy says:

    fantastic post. couldn’t agree more and my daughter is in preschool. companies/corporations could really teach the education system about NOT PRINTING everything. USE EMAIL. really why can’t parents get email reminders for 1/2 or even 1/5 of the reminders that are sent home? maybe someday after wonderful posts like this one! good job!

  7. That is just crazy! This issue, sadly, isn’t just at your school. I did a video post the other day on organizing your kids school stuff using crates and folders that might give you some help for organizing so you can filter though some of the papers.
    Part of the reason I use the crates is to help figure out what is what in the relentless amount of junk that comes home in the kids backpacks. the 9/8 post.
    Otherwise, I feel you pain! I have 3 girls in school and a stack of paper and 2 inches thick!
    In our NY schools, we were able to get a “youngest and only” paper rule to eliminate some of the repeats. Also, we had a student run recycling program where kids could bring back in school related stuff for recycling.
    Thru PTA we got the schools to use back and front of the papers and grades to combine notices.
    Another thought is the paperless route. We use it here in Florida for a lot of stuff.
    Have to say, I am very impressed that you put so much effort into making this a really cool post with the lawn shots!
    Thanks for bringing this issue to everyone’s attention!

  8. Papa says:

    I am planting trees.
    Your school system takes em all down.
    I think that is really awful.

  9. I think it’s time to start your career as a politician. This can been your platform. Reform! PTA, then School Board, then who knows? UN Secretary General Wegner has a nice ring to it.

  10. Lucy says:

    First thing I thought was…I’m glad it wasn’t a windy day!!

  11. Kristen says:

    I am convinced there has to be a different way. Every Monday we get these Monday folders that are stuffed to the gills with stuff that could easily be sent online. I’m forwarding this on to our principal!
    PS – just saw the photo of your child on Twitter. I hope everything is okay!! Eeeks.

  12. Melisa says:

    Love this post and show the photos to everyone on my phone! I’m blessed to be in the Edwardsburg school district, where they are transitioning to more electronic communication. They started with an automatic alert system that will call or text any number the parent provides with emergency and general announcements. The first grade teachers have a website that posts announcements, homework, etc. The fourth grade teacher told me the best way to communicate with her is through email. Our school system is smaller… maybe it will just take P-H-M a little longer to change directions, but I’m sure you’ve got them talking!

  13. Jason Powell says:

    You should contact your insurance agent about the additional fire hazard all these papers are creating. Sadly your premium will go up, but you do want to stay covered right? ;-)’

  14. Rhoda Phillips says:

    I say send it back to them and force them to start a recycling program. If they wanna play hardball let the kids organize it and learn a little about recycling.

  15. Cyndi says:

    Michelle after this can you tell me what to do with all of the mail and junk mail that is piling up in my house? I love all of these ideas. Unfortunetly in our area most inner city children do not have access to computers at home (or school for that matter). But schools could be more aware of how much they send out. I must admit this is one advantage to having college age kids ( I don’t think I saw this much paper in the 4 years that quisha was in school!)

  16. Heather says:

    One month! That’s crazy! Haven’t they heard of email?
    Good thing it wasn’t a windy day.

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