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Getting Acquainted with Your New School

Get Comfortable with Expectations

Make sure your child knows what is expected from her academically. Although the school is new, she will be expected to have read all of the summer reading materials and to have completed all of the summer assignments. You should also touch base with the teacher to ensure that the skill-level of the class is comparable to your child's abilities. Your child will feel much more comfortable if she can perform confidently in the classroom.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Summer schedules are flexible and routines are often broken. However, it will ease the transition back to school if you enforce a reasonable bedtime in the weeks approaching the start of school. Not only will this make your school mornings easier, but your child will be composed and clearheaded, which can help to minimize those first-day butterflies.


If your child needs to take medication during the school day, make sure that all arrangements are finalized well before school begins. Fill out the appropriate forms, speak to the nurse, and make sure that your child is aware of when and where her medication will be dispensed. Put a reminder note in her lunch box or backpack if necessary, and don't be afraid to call the nurse during the day to ensure that your child has taken her pills.

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