Welcome Back Bags For Open House, Mega Smarties and other stuff :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I started making some"Welcome Back" bags for open house.  We still have a month before school starts, but I am crossing some things off my to-do list early :)

I found these cute chevron bags at Michaels yesterday.  There are 5"x 8" and have 24 in a pack.  They were originally $2 but they were 40% off plus I had a coupon for an extra 25% off my total purchase so I got them for 90 cents a pack.  Yay!  I also got some in red and white chevron, black and white chevron and blue and white stripes.  

I made some labels to go on them.  I have a robot theme in my class :)

This is what I put in the bags (for now, I'm sure I will add more before open house!!!):

A postcard (front and back shown):

A personalized pencil (it says "Mrs. Gilchrist's Class") with a robot topper:

And the Pop Rocks goodies I made earlier in this post:

I also found some other fun things on my shopping trip yesterday, one thing was.....

I found this awesome rolling tote at Home Goods for $19.99.  It's BIG!  I got the blue one (its really an aqua color).  It has straps so you can carry it like a large tote bag or pull the handle up when you want to wheel it around.  I will get a lot of use out of this between school stuff and all of my daughter's volleyball tournaments out of town!  Here's a better photo off the internet:

Olympia Polka Dots Rolling Shopper Tote

I also received something pretty exciting in the mail today from Amazon....not a book, MEGA SMARTIES!

  Oh my goodness, have you seen these????  I saw them the other day at AC Moore, they were $1.69 for a roll.  I knew I had to have them for school so I found them on Amazon - a case of 24 rolls.  They were about a dollar a piece.  More than I wanted to spend, but they really are awesome and I HAD to get them.  I thought I could give them out when the kids get all 220 sight words or at report card time or open a roll and give them each one piece of candy right before a test, to make them "smart".  Lots of possibilities!  

It's hard to see how big they are, here's a photo I took compared to a pack of gum:

and holding them:

They are giant!!  :)  And FUN!  Sure to make my class Super Smarties!


  1. Love those chevron bags! I am going to have to go check them out. Those Smarties are giant! So cool.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. I was looking for the mega roll smarties. Thank you for sharing the information. I used them 2 years ago when I went back in the classroom. The sixth graders loved them. This year let's see what the third graders have to say.


  3. Love the smarties! I have several HUGE bags in my freezer that I got for dirt cheap! I'm going to check out those giant size though!


  4. My comment did not load last night from my iPad..:-(...I believe I wrote something like...oh..my..goodness...wow...am I going to be pinning a bunch of pins from this post onto my pinterest boards!! I LOVE it...I want to do something like this putting an 'apple' twist to it!....but you already found out I was pinning cause you are following that board! ,-) thanks for sharing!

  5. Cute idea for welcome bags. I need to go shopping. I have never seen smarties that huge!
    Tracie Penn

  6. I love you back to school bags! They are so cute!
    Rambling About Reading

  7. Hi again! Come by & see what you inspired! I do think yours is cuter, but I'd love to have you look at mine too!