Colorize Your Classroom {meet & greet forms}

I absolutely love using color in the classroom, so I was super excited when Astrobrights sent me all this beautiful, colorful paper! Astrobrights has the absolute most gorgeous papers I've ever seen! Don't you think!?

They asked me to show how I #colorize my classroom and also provided me with a gift card to Office Depot. I'll give you one guess as to what I bought with it ;)

So how do I colorize my classroom with these amazing colors? Come take a look!

Over the summer, we invite our incoming kinders and parents to our classrooms for a Meet & Greet. During the Meet & Greet, we meet and assess our new students, meet the parents, and pass out some important information! Each form is copied on colored paper for two reasons. One, it helps to make sure that the parents know they have grabbed each sheet. It's easier to see if you have one of each color than if all the forms were in white. And secondly, because they look really cute ;)

Take a peek at how we set up for our Meet & Greet!

 First, parents sign in so we know who did not get a chance to pick up the important forms. I copied the sign in sheet on white paper so that the names are easy to see when written in pencil. Even Astrobright's white paper is stinkin' adorable!
Next, they grab the very first newsletter for the year. Each month, we send home a newsletter that explains what we are learning for the month, as well as important upcoming events. The newsletters are copied on colored paper so that they don't get lost in the shuffle and they also look great without spending tons on colored ink ;) These beyond adorable newsletter templates are from my friend Laral at Little Miss Kindergarten. Not only are they editable, but she also provides samples which are perfect as a starting off point!

The next page explains our daily schedule for both our early and late birds. I got the idea to add pictures to the schedule after seeing Lindsay's picture on Instagram. Such a cute idea!

Finally, they grab a student information sheet so we can get to know our new kiddos a little better.
I copied them back to back to save paper, but you can definitely staple the 2 pages together if you want more room for writing.


I am in love with all these beautiful colors!

 Are you ready for some exciting news?! Astrobrights is giving one lucky Miss Kindergarten reader a chance to win these gorgeous papers and a $50 gift card to spend at Office Depot!! 
Astrobrights is here to help you colorize your own classroom.  Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below.

And because one chance to win just isn't enough, Astrobrights is challenging you to #colorize your classroom too!  Their #ColorizeYourClassroom contest allows you to show off your own creativity from now until September 12th, 2014.  

Share a photo of how you are colorizing your classroom on Astrobrights Facebook Page.  There will be one winner from each state and a Grand Prize Winner.  Plus, you can get extra entries for every original lesson plan you upload to their page. Head over to colorizeyourclassroom.com to enter!


114 comments

  1. That's it, I have to go to Office Depot. I've never seen so many colors! I love it. I'm jealous, obvi.
    Lessons Learned

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  2. I just love how BRIGHT the paper is. Looks like you are ready for school and it will be COLORFUL! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog 5krocksblog@gmail.com

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  3. I would use the paper to send home newsletters and important information for parents. Also I would use it to make more decor for my classroom.

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  4. I love using colored papers to color code subjects and assignments!

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  5. To start, I would use Astrobrights on the 1st day or week of school to create a banner.
    I also love it for back to school night to catch parent's eyes when they walk in and see what they have to pick up. Who likes plain 'ol white anyways???

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  6. I would love these astrobrights for my sight words and spelling words on my focus wall. I have a pocket chart both sets of weekly words. These words definitely need color! Also, I am creating an ELA interactive journal and I really need bright pages for the activities in the journal. Thanks, Carol

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  7. I LOVE Astrobrights! I have spent.. **ahem way too much money on them already. I plan to use it for my morning work binder, and for anything that goes home to parents. That way I know they will spot it in their child's folder. I also an going to put my conference sign up sheet on the colored paper so I can direct parents to it more easily.
    Bouncing Through Life in First

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  8. I love to use colored paper for newsletters and notes home as well as posters to brighten classroom decor.

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  9. I am so excited! These colors match the color theme in my classroom this year!! I also love your Meet and Greet papers! I'm going to have to get those from you! :)

    Tasha Emmerson
    Confessions of a Tiny Teacher

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  10. Love the Astrobright paper! I would use it to send home newsletters, decorate my classroom, create games, make class books. Oh, my! The possibilities are endless!!

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  11. I love Astrobrights paper! We also copy everything for Meet the Teacher on their beautiful paper!!!!

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  12. Great forms! They look extra cute on the bright paper. :)

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  13. I love Astrobright paper!! I would use it for classroom decorating/labeling and student projects, as well as communication with parents.

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  14. OMG I absolutely love Astrobright paper! I would use it for our binders to color coordinate our math, reading and writing section. I would also use them for my centers, important letters to parents, field trip slips etc....so many ideas! :)

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  15. Your forms and colors look great! ( Just an aside- no all day Kindergarten!?!) :)

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  16. I love all of the wonderful colors! I would use them for High Frequency Words and letters to parents.

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  17. I use colored paper for Interactive Notebooks and for forms! :)

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  18. And I would use these bright colors for sight words, math facts and communication with our families.

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  19. All those forms look awesome--especially on the astrobright paper! I have an early bird/later gator schedule so I love when you blog about how to make the most out of the short day!

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  20. Good luck at your meet the teacher night! We have ours on Wednesday. :)

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  21. I would use Astrobrights for Parent Info sheets at Curriculum Night! Helps so they don't lose them!

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  22. I want to win so badly! I use color paper for all my important notes!

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  23. I would love to win a rainbow! I would send important notes home with my students.
    22.lrosloniec@nhamail.com

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  24. Tests! My kiddos love tests and book reports on colored paper - much more fun than boring white!!

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  25. I use color paper for all the important notes that go home and as front covers to my kiddos publishing assignments. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  26. I would use these for my WORD WALL words... It would fit RIGHT in with my colorful polka dot theme and would make the words POP for the students :)

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  27. I bought the colored cardstock for my games!

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  28. This would be great for making foldables with my science classes!! Pretty colors!

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  29. Love the colors to use with my math interactive notebooks.

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  30. Love these! I will have to get to an office depot. I went to my local Staples and they didn't have any Astrobrights!!

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  31. Just bought some colored Astrobrights paper for a parent handbook! love the colors!

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  32. I love adding color to everything! One of the ways I would use the Astrobright paper is to color up my newsletters.....

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  33. I have to run errands this afternoon, and Office Depot is in the same strip mall as where I'm going. Hello, Astrobrights...you're coming to my classroom! I'd use them for notes home, kids' projects, classroom decor, and just about anything that I'd use construction paper for! :)

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  34. Astrobrights make everything so cheerful!

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  35. I love AstroBrights! I use it all of the time on displays and bulletin boards. It is my favorite type of paper!

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  36. So adorable! I just recently discovered AstroBrights! I love color, color and more color for my classroom! I think it makes it more fun for the kids when the colors pop out of book labels,, name tags, book baggie names, labeled bins... you name it!

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  37. There's just so many things you can do with this gorgeous bright paper! I would use them for important notes home and for daily shout outs!

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  38. I love these colors! Putting them on my shopping list for this upcoming week. Unfortunately, the colored paper we have at my school only gives us five choices and the colors are so dull/bland. Astrobrights seems like the perfect addition to my room!

    Paige
    Paiges of Learning

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  39. Astrobrights Papers are my fav-or-ite!!! I use them for everything, because everything is better in neon. :D I blogged about how I used it for my Valentine's Day door display and to organize my student math data. OBSESSED!! :)

    Blair

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  40. I would love to win the Astrobrights paper to use in my Kindergarten classroom! So colorful!

    Nikki

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  41. I'd use this for bulletin boards and for my newsletter and other forms

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  42. Like you, all those open house papers. Newsletters, important notes home, mini anchor charts or center directions. I always need brightly colored paper!

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  43. I love the colors, but need to win so I can use them with reckless abandonment! Thanks for the chance.

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  44. I ADORE all the bright colors! I will definitely be using them for Meet the Teacher Night! Such a great first impression!
    Lindsey
    Chalkboard Charm

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  45. I love these colors!! SO pretty!! I would use with any communications I had with parents! :)

    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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  46. I'd dedicate one color to class newsletter, one for high frequency words, use some colors for Back to School night, and these colors would be perfect for my super improver cards! Love that they're so bright and pretty :)

    Little In Betweens

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  47. Thanks for sharing the student info sheet...We run ours on the turquoise blue, but this year mine seems to have gone missing. It will be great to have a new one to run on my astrobrights!

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  48. I <3 color. I'd use it for everything, notes home, craft projects, organizing guided reading materials (by color), etc!

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  49. Never had the chance to experience the Astrobright paper but 8 can see so many uses already from parent communication documents to assessment differentiation. I would love to win it!!!

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  50. I love using these bright colors for math games!

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  51. I LOVE the colors! I would use them for important forms and letters going home, too! Parents might be more inclined to actually READ them! I'd also use them to copy math games and center activities to save ink!
    -Andrea

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  52. I love the bright colors too! I would use these for newsletters and for important notes that go home at conference time.

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  53. I would love to win!!! Everyone always tells me how bright and welcoming my classroom is! These papers would help spread even more brightness! :)

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  54. So cute! Love the sign in sheet for all kinds of events! :) Thanx for sharing.

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  55. I love astrobrights paper! I copy all of my important papers. That way when I send them home with students I can refer to the color..."make sure your grown ups see the green paper" and add responsibility to my students.

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  56. I love Astrobrights because they're not pastel!

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    1. And I use Astrobright paper to color code my three sections of drama that I teach.

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  57. I love using colored paper instead of printing everything in color. The brightness makes it exciting!

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  58. I use astrobrights for all my colored papers. My classroom colors are turquoise and lime green so astro brights is perfect. I use them for my file folder games, my student of the week board, daily worksheets, etc.

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  59. Oh my goodness, I would use the paper to organize my different papers for parents. I could run the copies on different colors and keep them separated easily! Fingers crossed!

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  60. I would use it to make the papers I send home colorful. That way they are easier to see and won't get lost in the folders as easily. I would also use it to make some center activities more colorful by printing black and white versions onto them to save ink and still make them cute!

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  61. I love to send home notes on colorful paper!
    cfcoley@gmail.com

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  62. I would use it for math differentiation along with a myriad of other things

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  63. I am so jealous you have early & late birds...my birds are there all day! Cute forms :)

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  64. Astrobrights really is the BEST paper ever!!!! So many choices....

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  65. I am ALL ABOUT BRIGHTS! The more the better! :)
    I would use Astrobrights for EVERYTHING...like pennant banners with the name of each new student on a pennant!

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  66. So many possibilities! Weekly craft projects, bulletin board/wall displays, to brighten up everyday papers...endless ideas!
    -Kelly :)
    Mrs. Campbell's Kids

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  67. Color coding by grade shelf markers for the library classroom!

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  68. I would love to be able to have some of these beautiful papers in my classroom! I have some of their cardstock! Love them!

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  69. Never heard of this paper, but I love all the colors.

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  70. The possibilities are ENDLESS!!! Bright paper for word sorts {so students don't lose them!} Notices home! Backing student work for a brighter bulletin board! Colorful Tanagrams! I will stop typing now and just keep going in my brain :)

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  71. Great idea to color coordinate papers for Meet & Greets or Back to School nights. Easiest way to make sure each family has everything they need!

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  72. I use Astrobrites all the time to make my word wall geometry posters!

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  73. I love Astrobrites paper! I wish my budget allowed me to buy it more often! I would use it for my weekly homework cover letter! I would also use it for organizing my classroom! Yea!

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  74. I would love using all the bright colors in my classroom for center activities, sending papers home, copying math games, and the list goes on and on - thanks for this great giveaway!!!!!!

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  75. love this paper!! I would love to use it in my classroom!
    MissSarahsoda

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  76. I would use it for Open House forms parents need to fill out. I would use for class projects with the kids!! I would use for newsletters for my parents!! :)

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  77. I would lovvvve this! It would be great for notices, permission slips and playdough mats!!!

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  78. I really like the idea of having the different forms on different colors of paper. I agree that it would help the parents see that they had them all. Plus it would make it easy to refer to a form if you had to go over it. Thanks for the idea!

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  79. I always use colored paper for important notes going home, especially for kinder. I tell my students any colored paper is homework for mommy and daddy. These Astrobright papers would definitely be hard to miss!

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  80. I also color code all of those Beginning of the Year forms!

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  81. Since we don't have a color printer at school and have four very plain, boring colors of paper I would be printing everything on Astrobright to make it pop!

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  82. I love the way you organized for your Meet and Greet! I may have to borrow some ideas for my Back to School Night. Love Astrobright colors and paper. I would probably use for my weekly newsletter that I send home to parents.

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  83. Bright colored paper is a must whenever I send home important papers, easy to spot for the parent, and for me when it comes back signed.

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  84. A colorful way of standing out from the crowd and keeping organized with all these great colors!

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  85. I would use them for important forms as well as frames to spotlight student work! Love the colors!

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  86. I use Astrobrights paper to make my worksheets more colorful. I love using them when I have students work in groups so each groups' papers are in a different color.

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  87. Field trip notes...less likely to get lost!

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  88. Love the color options with Astrobright! It makes even the simple classroom forms so much more exciting! Love the clip art you added - did you make it yourself? What fonts did you use for your info sheets at Meet the Teacher Night?

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  89. I love these colors! Such an awesome idea!

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  90. Printing your newsletter on colored paper, so it stands out for parents is a great idea!

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  91. I would use the paper to print notes to the parents and I'd use it to make cute tags and labels in my classroom.

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  92. I would love to win this paper! I would use lots of green and yellow paper to add to my classroom decor. I would also use it to print newsletters and handouts. I would be able to print in black and white and save the color ink!

    Ms. King's Kinders

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  93. I'd use it to print no-prep packs!

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  94. Love the bright colours! I love to use colours to keep things organized in my classroom. Each subject gets a different colour (or each grade, since there are three grades in our room).

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  95. Love colored paper! These would be so great to use in my preschool class!

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  96. This would be great for art projects and to make center games and there are so many possibilities!!! Love all of the colors!!!!
    Julie

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  97. I would use Astrobrights papers to send notes home to parents and create station markers and classroom tasks!

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  98. LOVE these ideas and will be using the Astrobrights at my TK Open House next week. Thanks for sharing!

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  99. I love colors! They help bring attention when many will just glance at white papers sent home.

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  100. Oh man, I just love these colors. So bright and inviting. I also love how you added pictures to your daily schedule! Genius!

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  101. I love colors! They help make my classroom bright and inviting

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  102. I love the colors. I would use them to make parent handbook flip book. I would also use them for my weekly newsletters. I hope I win!

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  103. I love all the colors, so bright and cheerful! I would use them to back my word wall words which I need to remake because we are using a new program this year! I also want to spruce up the front of my desk and hang them on my bulletin board to give students designated spots for their work!

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

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    1. I love using the Astro Bright Paper in the classroom. It makes everything looking very professional and hopefully makes the parents read the newsletters and notes that are sent home. etc. I recently used this paper to make the parent flip book for our Open House! I would love to win and so would my bank account!
      Thanks,
      Maryann
      brennemm@carlisleschools.org

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  105. I love these! I would use them to print reminders for our upcoming open house and all the many flyers that go home that night! :)

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