August: National Back to School Month

August is back to school month. Summer is quickly coming to a close. Many team sports will be starting practice soon. The first day of school is just around the corner. The big question, are you ready?

Back to School Checklist

Grab a spiral notebook or your tablet to make your own back to school checklist. Do you need help planning? Attending your child’s school open house or orientation is one of the best ways to learn about specific needs for your child’s grade level.

An open house allows your child to meet the teacher, view the classroom, and learn busing information. Spending time at the school before the first day will ease your student back into the routine. If you are unable to attend, consider the following areas for preparing your child to go back to school.

School Clothes

Before heading out to buy clothes, check the school’s website or student handbook for the current dress code. Being up to date on new restrictions helps determine the type of clothes to purchase.

  • Take inventory.
  • Make a list of needed clothing items.
  • Set a budget.
  • Go shopping

School Supplies

Your child’s school website generally shows a list of needed supplies for each grade level. If not, many department stores have a basic checklist of school supplies for each grade level.

Items may include:

  • Backpack
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Pencil Box
  • Glue
  • Binders
  • Lunch Bags

Classroom Needs

Many teachers will post classroom needs. When you are out shopping, picking up a couple of items helps teachers stock the classroom for the year. Generally, tissues and hand sanitizer is at the top of the list.

School Emergency Update

Most schools use online systems for contact or emergency information. When logging in, make certain all the information is current. If your school does not have an online setup, fill out the necessary paperwork to provide accurate contact information.

Back to school is a fun and exciting time for your child. Being prepared helps alleviate stress for both of you. Enjoy the time, make a special first day back to school breakfast or dinner to celebrate the return.




Author: Rebecca C.

I am just a person who loves to photograph and write about the world around me.

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