At our school we send home a 'Friday Folder.' The students decorate an oversized brown, clasp envelope (9x 12 aren't large enough for some of those big projects). We then run each one through the laminator. The kids know that they get ONE laminated envelope for the year. The trick was organizing the papers that go home in this folder. We had to send homework papers, notes about classroom activities as well as notes from the office. I purchased a plastic basket made for hanging file folders, along with enough file folders for each student. I put the files in alphabetical order according to first names. (This makes the filling easier for students and aides.) Everyone knows that when there is something to go home, we put it by the 'Friday Folder File.' I always have students who are eager to do the filling and it has worked great. No important papers have been lost since!