When the school bus stops in front of your driveway, you know it’s time for school,
but are you ready?
My children are grown with school-age children of their own, and my daughters’ stories of school day mornings aren’t too different than when they were in school.
Hectic is the word, and that hasn’t changed.
I haven’t forgotten how hectic or just plain busy the month of August can be. From a Materials Needed list from the elementary teachers and preschool teachers to a list of required vaccinations for the year, to medical exams and physicals required for your young athlete. Eye exams used to be on that list, is it now? Let me know, I always thought that should be included as part of the “complete” physical that they asked for.
I have a suggestion for you, which may keep you sane for the next few weeks.
If you haven’t received the school calendar yet, perhaps you could call the school’s office and ask for one before the year starts, it’s so helpful to coordinate your calendar with theirs.
For example, I’ve seen you with your Materials List from the teachers, choosing your items carefully in the bins at Target or Wal-Mart’s school supply section, and I agree these are great stores to find those items, as well as Dollar General, Five Below or your local grocery stores.
Once school actually starts, most schools have their yearly photos taken for the yearbook of each student, “Picture Day” is usually early Fall so parents and grandparents can order “packages” of photos in time for Christmas gift-giving.
Halloween will be around the corner as well. Will your child have a party in their classroom, a parade through the hallways to see each other’s costumes, a party in their room with parents invited, included, or without parents? Any child shorter than you are, will be all about Halloween, candy, costumes and Trick or Treating…you have to be ready too. Again, the calendar will keep you on track, maybe even ahead of the game!
Parent-Teacher Conferences is one or two days that your children will be home with you and not in the classroom. Plan ahead for activities and include some fun with homework to do at home, reading for practice, library time, or planning for a sitter if you’re working or unavailable.
Mommas, have you noticed that we’re not even into November yet? !!
You and I both know that once Halloween is over, Christmas is everywhere, impossible to ignore.
What’s my point?
For ease in this new school year, coordinating your personal calendar of your family’s needs and activities with the school calendar can be a lifesaver, offering you peace of mind, just knowing that everyone you care about and everything they care about is “ready and handled” as it should be.
Keep your eye on the calendar, we can talk “holidays and breaks” in a couple of months, let’s just get the year started for now.
Have the best start to the best school year ever!
You’ve got this!