Hi! I am moving to the second grade and would love some pack up advice! While teaching first grade for several years, I had bought a classroom mail station. It had 30 mail "slots" and sat high on a shelf. It was too high for the kids to reach, so my assistant would call children in groups of 10 to receieve their mail ~ and they'd take it and put it in their daily folder and then get their backpacks. It has it's pros and cons ~ Pros: It's very organized. Cons: The children spend way too much time looking through their papers, smelling their scented stickers that my assistant put on their homework, etc. Then when they go to retrieve their backpacks from the cubbies, it's a traffic jam! Also, I told my current assistant that she can keep the mail center ~ so I'd have to purchase a new one for my new classroom. I am so blessed to have a full day assistant. I am wondering if it would best to just have my assistant pass out their daily work? We have specials until 15 minutes before dismissal. I or my assistant could pass out the papers? I send home a "graded work" folder every Wednesday ~ which has their tests/quizzes. My ideas: Have the children open their planners so they can color their "behavior calendar" right after specials. Have papers that I/my assistant have checked throughout the day on their folders and the children would have to place them in their folders upon returning from specials, and then get their backpacks? I'd like to avoid: the kids going through all their papers ~ only because it can make the class late for dismissal!!! I also want to avoid them comparing grades in the weekly graded work folder. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated ~ sorry so long!