This teacher uses a binder to help her communicate with parents more easily.
She uses page protectors to keep papers in place, and makes sure to always have the following items in the binder at all times: In addition to all of that, she leaves the front pocket for any homework that may be due, and instructs parents to use a hole punch to place any important notes or papers onto the front page of the binder.
One pocket holds homework to do while the other holds work already finished.
There's even a list on the back featuring ten reminders to check for before handing in assignments.
Not only is it a great tool for communicating with parents, but it is also is a great way for students to learn some responsibility.
Students learn quickly that they must bring their folder to and from school each day.
Other times it'll can be something like "bring a picture of an object that begins with the letter __", or "draw __ number of pumpkins".
In the past, I've always stuck the homework sheet in the folder's pocket, because I usually don't have the time to punch holes in the paper and put it in the brads.
Each morning, after students take out the contents of the folder and place it in the appropriate bin, they then place their folder into their own mailbox.
This mailbox can also house any important papers that need to go home.