That's Meg's name tag.
That's Meg's yellow ribbon to show the area she lives in (and should hopefully return to each evening.)
And that's Meg's bear bell.
It arrived yesterday. It's very helpfully labelled for those literate but unaware of the bear bell system bears you come across occasionally.
And the timing? The only thing I can think of is that they somehow organised an amnesty on 1st graders for the first three weeks. Give them a head start if you will?
I was a bit worried that the idea of needing to carry a bear bell would freak poor Meg out but no.
It makes such a wonderfully loud clangy jangle as she runs down the road each morning...