By Amy Dienta
My son will be switching schools as we have recently moved to a different zone in Lowell. When we first approached him about changing schools he was fearful about changing. He cried and pleaded to stay at his old school. I felt horrible switching him to the neighborhood school.
When my husband got home we went to see the school building. It is surrounded by trees and has a huge playground. We let him play in the playground and then we played a family game of soccer in the field.
He then decided that he liked the school and was okay with switching.
I thought I’d share some tips that helped my family prepare for the first day of school:
1. Start putting the child to bed on a school schedule a few weeks before school starts.
2. Let the child pick out what they want for lunch on the first few days.
3. Send lunch money in case all the other kids are buying lunch.
4. Let your child pick out their perfect backpack.
You may not like the cheap plastic Spiderman bag but your child will love it and all the other kids will have the same one!
5. If you know a parent of another child in the school try and arrange a meeting for the kids. My friend’s children, for instance, attend my son’s new school.
6. Read the pile of papers that come home the first day and keep them for future reference. There is usually a welcome letter from the principal, info from the teacher and paperwork you will need to fill out.
7. Buy a few necessary school items, but wait until after the first day to buy most of the supplies. Teachers will pass out lists of supplies needed.
8. I always put together a package for the classroom filled with hand sanitizer, tissues, stickers and a snack. My son brings it on the first day of school and gives it to the teacher.
9. Put a note in your child’s lunch box or backpack saying you love them.
10. You can only drop your child off for their first day of school once, so take lots of pictures!