Monday, August 6, 2012

Transportation Chart on TpT and Home to School Note Freebie

Even though I teach older kiddos, I have discovered older doesn't necessarily mean I'm home free when it comes to them knowing their school to home routine.  A lot of the "I don't know where I'm going after school" issues that occur oh so often in the lower grades, happens all the time with bigger kids too.  

At my school, we are required to post transportation charts near our classroom door.  I love this, especially when I have a sub.  I teach until 4:00, and there are MANY times where I have to drop my kiddos off outside and then book it to my car right after work for appointments or meetings at another building. We aren't required to stay until the buses leave, so having these transportation charts posted in our rooms with where all our little darlings go after school has prevented mass chaos many times at my little school.  If there's an issue, one of our office staff members checks out the chart and finds out exactly where the kiddo should be and usually this solves any transportation misunderstandings.

The only thing bad about it is that our charts are ugly.  Like in Times New Roman and basic table ugly.  Plus, I usually had to copy a new each day because so many of my darlings would go home differently every single day.  So when I saw all the transportation clip charts floating around blog land and Pinterest, I knew I HAD to make one. :) Print, laminate, glue onto a ribbon, give kids a clothespin, and use it ALL YEAR long. No more making copy after copy! Plus, it's cute. :)

My printer is out of ink and I haven't made it to Office Depot yet.  Forgive me for not actually having mine assembled, but this is what mine will look like.  I'm LOVING the primary polka dots this summer. :) If you love Primary Polka Dots templates are available at my TpT store. :)

 Click {here} to check it out! 
I've included templates for MOST school to home transportation options, but just in case I didn't include one that applied to your school, I included two blank Powerpoint templates for you to use.  All you need to do is type the options in and print.  I have included links to all the fonts I have used in this product as well, so you can make sure the fonts match. :)

Now time for your freebie! While most of my kiddos know exactly where to go after school, their parents aren't great at writing notes about changes in their after school transportation routines.  I don't know about you, but I really don't feel comfortable putting kiddo on the bus that usually goes to after school care just because they said "Mom said I was riding the bus today."  Most of the time, they're right, but I always think in my head, what if they're not? Once upon a time, I had a phone in my room, which was great in instances like this, kiddo called mom/dad and confirmed what they were doing.  My cell phone doesn't always work in my concrete jungle room and I'm not on an unlimited plan anyways to be using all my minutes on classroom calls, so I stress from day one...that emails and notes are the best way to contact me. At the beginning of the year, the parents of each kiddo in my class gets a copy of these fill in the blank notes. 

I LOVE these notes.  I put copies of these in my parents parent resource folder and really talk them up at open house.  Parents really do use them, and since they are fill in the blanks, they also include all the information the office needs for absence documentation, early dismissal information, and for me, changes in their daily transportation routine.  

If you would like your own copy, click {here} to download it from Google Drive. :) For some reason, it says no preview available.   Just ignore that.  Once you click download, all the notes and the cover page will be all there. :)

Today is really my last Monday off.  I'm off to conquer some Monday Made Its, so my Monday Made It post will be live tomorrow. :)

If you enjoyed the home to school notes freebies, I love to hear about it in the comments! :)


  1. Wow, I wouldn't know what to do if I had to teach to 4:00 everyday:( My school let's our students out at 2:05.

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  2. Thanks so much! These are great; I am thinking I will give each parent a copy to use during the year. So many times, people don't write absence notes! URGH!

  3. This will be a great addition to my home to school communication folders!! THANK YOU!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Your link isn't working for me to download the packet. Is there any other way to get it? It looks fantastic!


  5. I can't get the link to work. I'd love a copy.
    thank you

  6. It wouldn't let me download it either. Would you please email me a copy? THANKS!!

  7. OMG! I can't say thank you enough for the notes freebie. Not one single parent last year wrote a note telling me that their kid wasn't riding the bus or whatever. I just had to hope that my first graders were telling the truth.

    I am totally using these! Thank you so so much!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  8. Kids are very naughty and they are doing some naughty activities on anywhere any moment because this is their habit, that’s why parents are maximum time dropped in school to their kids or uses any schooling transportation vehicles. Actually transportation charts are very valuable for kids because those are very little and naughty, if those are missing their vehicle so they are cry or alone go to their home and miss their home road. I know maximum kids are missing in these types cases.

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