Getting back to school can involve a long to-do list for parents. From tracking down school supplies and finishing up summer reading, to ordering uniforms and completing school paperwork – there is a lot to stay on top of in these last busy days of summer.
While these tasks are certainly important, there are some items that may not have made your list but will set your child up for success – even more than the right shoes, folders and car loop plans.
- Start preparing for the new schedule NOW by easing yourself and your child back into the routine. Before school begins, re-establish mealtimes and bedtimes. Start setting the alarm clocks. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep helps promote both physical and mental health.
- Plan appropriate meals. Some foods are better choices than others for maintaining energy during the day. If Cap’n Crunch has been a breakfast staple this summer, it may be time to re-think your menu. Provide your child with the necessary vitamins and minerals as well as the energy to get through the day by offering protein, complex carbohydrates and lots of fruits and vegetables at breakfast and lunch.
- If your child is a Lower School student, please make sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher. Think about your goals for your child in the coming year. Be prepared to share that information along with any challenges your child may be facing. Let your child’s teacher know you are open to regular updates. This is a team effort.
- Talk about responsibilities and expectations with your child. When do they buy lunch? Do they have any responsibility in packing lunch? What is the extracurricular activity schedule? When will homework be completed? For older children, this could include who your student is allowed to drive with and when they are expected home.
- Going back to school can be emotional for your child. There are so many variables…new year, new campus, new school, new teacher, new friends, and new expectations. Be aware and available to talk. Your child may be anxious, excited or scared during the transition. Let them know you care by including a note in their lunchbox. Remain calm and positive. When your child is anxious, it’s only natural to be anxious for them. Children absorb that energy. If the first few days are a little rough, try not to overreact. Try to resist the temptation to intervene and problem-solve. Instead, help them to generate and implement their own solutions.
- Clear your own schedule as much as possible. Try to postpone business trips or extra projects. Be available to help your child acclimate.
- Plan to attend back to school night and by placing the appropriate dates on your calendar. Take the opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher(s) to establish good open lines of communication at the start of the year.
Then – take a deep breath! It’s going to be a great school year, one filled with growth. There will be surprises, many of them positive! Even, perhaps especially, in adversity there are valuable lessons. Thank you for trusting your child to Holy Trinity. I look forward to seeing you and to working together to make Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy a remarkable place for your child to learn and grow.
Christopher W. Hayes
Head of School
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
HTEA Back To School Dates
K-12: Wednesday, August 14
5-day Preschool & PreKindergarten: Monday, August 19
3-day Preschool: Tuesday, August 20
Family Handbook 2013-14