One tip I have found helpful in my classroom is to use cereal boxes as 'take-home' containers attached to the desks of each student. When I send my letter to students and parents in the summer, I ask them to bring a cereal box. The students decorate the boxes at home and bring it in the first day of school. I attach these to the desks using strapping tape. This way, when I am given a note from the office to send home, I don't have to remember to hand it out at the end of the day when things are busy. When we finish a paper together that I want sent home, the students put it right into their take-home box and it doesn't get 'swallowed up' in the desk.