It's That Time of the Year Again
Breakfast and lunches have to be covered. Will your child have both at school or just one? Will they be packing those or buying them? Packing is cheaper, but it's not for everyone or every child. Many schools now allow you to prepay so your student isn’t embarrassed by forgetting to bring money.
If you prefer to pack, I recommend all 3 of the products above. I used the same system for 20 years with my own 3 kids. The Rubbermaid set holds the main foods, and the long blue ice pack keeps both layers chilled. The blue thermos can be filled with boiling soups that will still be warm for the kids at lunchtime. The MIER Lunchbox has plenty of room for those items, along with a baggie of silverware, napkins, condiment packs, and anything else you want to add. It also can be snapped to the straps of a backpack to keep it from being lost.
Uniforms and shoes. Dress codes are mandatory at all schools. If you need uniforms, it will be listed on the school website and in the student handbook. Be sure to buy comfortable clothes and shoes. Items that are too big or too small can cause a child frustration that they don’t need.
It might also be time for a haircut! Most school allow students to wear their hair however they want. Some don’t. Check the student handbook to be sure.
Each class has a required supply list for the student. Many classes also ask you to send in supplies for the classroom, like paper towels and hand sanitizer. Check their website during the month before school starts. Those lists are usually out a few weeks beforehand, so you have time to budget in the supplies you need.
8.) Phones and Other Devices
Some schools allow students to have their phones or tablets on, while others do not. Some may require them to be stored in lockers until recess or study hall. Be sure to read the handbook for answers on how your school wants you to handle phones and other devices.
Forms, shot records, and special papers are a nightmare during that first week. The kids come home with folders full of paperwork that parents have to cover. If you have those forms and records already stored in a folder at home, it will make it all go a lot easier.
10.) Fees and Other Costs
Most school like you to pay for the yearly fees in the first week. There are other costs that also come due then, like activity and club fees, prepaying for lunches, paying off last year’s balances, and equipment you may be getting through the school.
Always ask if they have homework when they get home and set a schedule now. By the end of the first week, homework is well underway in most grades. If you set a homework schedule, it will help your student. Making them get it done during their afterschool snack was always my preferred way to go. Then they have the rest of the evening without having to rush and do it right before bed, or worse, in the morning on the bus.
12.) Weather Needs
We all know Mother Nature does whatever she wants. Check the weather report and hope it’s right. Don’t forget to send in that umbrella, the sunscreen, a jacket, or their gloves and scarf. I recommend bookmarking the National Weather Radar and checking it daily for changes.
Sadly, this needs to be a priority. Have multiple discussions so your child knows what to do if they’re being bullied or if a dangerous situation happens while they’re at school. Mass shootings, danger from strangers, fights between students, and assaults by staff members need to be addressed. I wish we lived in a world where this isn’t needed. Until that happens, talk to your kids so they know what to do. It might just save their lives.
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