Oh where, oh where has summer vacation gone? Of course, some of us will miss it more than others, but at the same time, going back to school is always exciting. It can also be overwhelming. In order to help you and your family get ready for the first few weeks, we’ve compiled some tips to make sure you all transition into the school year as smoothly as possible.
School supplies are great for two major reasons. First, they provide students with the tools they need to succeed academically. Second, they allow children to show off a bit of their personality. Usually teachers will send home a list of supplies needed for the upcoming year to guide your shopping, and most stores hold big sales on everything you need from lunch boxes to three-ring binders.
The school uniform requirement is often considered a blessing, at least by parents. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford adhere to a very specific dress code, details of which can be found in each school’s handbook. That said, we know that children grow out of their clothes pretty quickly and having to purchase a new uniform (or multiple for the days in the week) can be costly, which limits the money-saving benefit of having the rule in the first place. Thankfully, many online and brick and mortar places around the state offer discounts so your children can stay stylish and in dress code. Many school websites can point you in the right direction, too, such as St. Paul’s dress code page.
Studies have proven that academic success and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. That’s why every one of our schools provide nutritional lunches and breakfasts for our students. However, if your child wants to pack that brand new lunch box or you’re looking for nourishing after-school treats, here are 185 ideas for fun lunches and snacks for all ages.
We can’t seem to say this enough: establishing a routine for your child is essential to his or her success, especially during the school year. For many families, the summer routine and school routine are very different, and no matter how close you adhere to the summer schedule, it may still be difficult to get fall back into the academic one. When opposition arises, take a breath and stand your ground. Soon you’ll all get used to it and start seeing the benefits arise.
For more tips on getting the new academic year started right, visit our blog: “How to Get Back into the Swing of the New School Year.”
What are some of the things you do to get your children ready to go back to school? And what are some of the challenges you face during the first couple of weeks? Let us know on our social media pages.