I also tell the class that the items must be in a separate bag, not just in their backpack. This is because one year (and I share this with the class) I had a student bring up their backpack and pull out 5 random things that were inside it. ” I uh.. brought this pencil because I like to write… and uh… I brought this eraser because it is my uh… lucky eraser…”
I hope you consider this Me Bag for your first week of school. It is so engaging, the kids love it and it builds community to your new class. Check it out here at my TpT store.