Preparing for the Return to School
I love the return to school it is one of my favorite times of the year, but it also one of the most stressful on our family. Buying school supplies, finding all the important information for school and activities, getting back on to a schedule it’s a hard transition for all of us. In addition to the normal stressors, one of my daughters has severe anxiety when it comes to changes or transitions and the build up to the return to school is hard on all of us. Here are some tips that hopefully will help you and your family make the return to school a fun and positive event.
Please try to get your child back on to a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep is an essential part of a child’s development and affects their ability to learn and regulate their emotions. We see dramatic differences in student behavior when they are struggling with getting enough sleep. Having a consistent bed time and reducing the use of technology before bed time and having a consistent wake up time prior to school starting will make a huge impact on having a successful start to the school year.
2. Prepare School Supplies
Have your student work with you to prepare their school supplies. All supplies can be brought in on Open House day and kept in their classroom or in their lockers. When students have time to prepare and organize their supplies they feel more confident to start the year.
3. Discuss any Fears
Take time to talk about how this could be both and exciting and scary time for your child, give them time to talk and share any questions or concerns they have. Most questions you can answer, any that you can’t feel free to contact myself or your child’s teacher.
4. Come to Open House
Our Open House is Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 6pm, that is a great time to see the building, talk with your teacher, decorate your locker, and meet up with friends and new classmates. At our Open House we will also have a fun digital scavenger hunt using the app Goosechase. This will be a fun way to see pictures from students in your child’s classroom and explore our school grounds.
Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday August 30, 2017 from 6pm-7pm is our Pinewood Open House
Tuesday September 5, 2017 is our first day of school!
School hours are from 8:45 tardy bell rings to let students enter the building until 3:41 each day.
Here is our Official Welcome Back Video please show it to your students we are hoping it gets them excited to return to school.
Helpful Parent Links:
Pinewood Supply List
Food Service Website
Free and Reduced Lunch online application
Before and After School Care Information
Help Navigating Our Web Page
Pinewood Building Tour
Our facebook page is another way to stay connected