I created this organizational tool to give students a place to put party notes, letters from parents, doctors notes, absence excuses, tardy passes, and all of those other things that parents send to school with their students in an attempt to communicate with us. Instead of having my students just drop them off on my desk, they will now have a specific place to put these items. Not only does it help me stay organized, it also keeps them from blowing on the floor or getting mixed in with a stack of papers to grade.
I went to Dollar Tree, our local $1 store, and bought a plastic bin about the size of a shoebox and a set of perforated letters from the teacher aisle. I glued the letters on the side of the box, waited for it to dry, and bam–done! The best part: it cost under $2! (I’ll say under $2 since I have lots of letters left over to use on future projects.) I may end up putting some clear tape over it if the letters begin to peel off, but for now, I like it just the way it is!