In order to keep track of school papers that are still "in progress" (ie. hot lunch calendar, instructions for long term projects, homework that isn't due until the end of the week, weekly reading log, spelling lists, etc.) we keep one clipboard for each child hanging on the wall in our kitchen. This prevents papers from getting lost or left at school and also is a good reminder to keep working on current school assignments. As assignments are completed, the papers come down and new ones go up. The end result is less piles of paper on the counter!!