Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure all health forms are returned, permission slips signed, and drop-offs/pickups coordinated.
You may select any calendar, reminder system, or notepad to complete this task. However, we strongly recommend the following.
Erin Condren Jumbo Calendar
Backed with a sturdy piece of acrylic, the calendar ($40) hangs on the wall or sits on a counter propped up by a plate stand. Personalize it with your name and family pics; use colorful reminder stickers (date night, no school, hair appointment) to keep things on track.
Susy Jack Notes Mouse Pad
You’re online ordering winter pj’s when you remember you need milk — a natural mom-brain connection. Thankfully, a notepad is always at your fingertips, courtesy of a mouse pad ($9) that doubles as a to-do list. It’s a multifunctional solution for a multitasking mom.
Russell + Hazel Signature Binder and Files
Think of them as Trapper Keepers for the carpool set. The three-ring accessories ($14-$60) can be organized to house class lists, emergency contact info, extracurricular schedules, and school calendars, as well as homework, projects, and report cards.
If you do not get organized, your home will self-destruct in one month. Welcome back to school.
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What: Snack on Asian treats, listen to taiko drummers, and float illuminated lanterns on the water.
Why: Fireworks lend sparkle to the night.
When: Sat., 4-9 p.m.
Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach (561-495-0233). Tickets online at eventbrite.com. Adults, $12 in advance/$15 at the door; children, $5 in advance/$6 at the door; under 4, free.
Bill Graham Farm Village
What: Get a peek at the pioneer way and visit goats, chickens, and sheep.
Why: The country-store, old-fashioned life.
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St., Hialeah. Info at 305-685-8673. Admission is free; parking, $6 per car.
Miami Art Museum’s Second Saturdays
What: Make rain sticks and take a guided tour at the free event.
Why: The Rivane Neuenschwander exhibit is as colorful as a box of Crayolas.
When: Sat. Art projects, 1-4 p.m.; family tours, 2 p.m.
Where: 101 W. Flagler St. (305-375-3000).
Photos: Courtesy of Erin Condren; Courtesy of Blue Sky; Courtesy of Russell + Hazel