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11 Tips for a Successful Return to School

By Jim Sliney Jr.

School is back in session on September 5th 2019. Are you ready? We found some educators and professionals with some advice to help make the return to school a big success.

  1. If your child is nervous about a new school, class environment or teacher, try visiting the school or even the classroom before the first day of school. – American Academy of Pediatrics
  2. Kids should come in prepared. Make sure they have all the supplies they need and a plan for how to approach studying, after school activities, even lunch. – Kyle O’Donnell, Cardinal Spellman H.S.
  3. Students should take the time to review what they learned from the previous year to better prepare for this year. – Roberto Placido, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.
  4. Try to create positive anticipation for the start of the new school year. Meeting old friends, making new ones, reliving past fun-experiences. – Catholic New York
  5. Kids should write a few notes for themselves to help remember important stuff, like your locker combination and that lunch starts at 11:43, not 12:10. –
  6. In the final week or two of summer vacation, students should begin getting into their school year routine of going to bed early to get the necessary hours of sleep for a successful school day, waking up each morning as though it was a school day and eating a healthy breakfast. – Catholic New York
  7. Start the day with a good breakfast. –
  8. Parents should check in with their child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year. It shows that you are engaged in your child’s education experience. –
  9. Get your child involved in the Catholic Youth Organization. CYO provides quality programs to young people outside of school hours. They focus on building integrity, fair play and the right of all individuals to participate. They also offer the opportunity to develop moral standards in all of our young people. – Catholic Youth Organization
  10. Adjust your child’s backpack so that it sits at the waist, and make sure they use both straps. This avoid strain. –
  11. Try not to go away on vacation just before school starts. It throws off sleep and eating patterns. Kids should be going to bed early, waking up early and having a good breakfast in the week or two leading up to school. – Linda Ballew, Blessed Sacrament School

If your child has special needs or you have special concerns, you are encouraged to visit our website which details all of the many services Catholic Charities makes available in its mission to support children and youth including after school activities, community centers and day care programs.