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Get into the Groove - Going Back to School

August 26, 2015

 


It’s the beginning of a new school year for many students and families and that means a lot of excitement and challenges as parents and children adjust for new schedules and heavy workloads. Springing back into gear after a summer of rest is not always easy. But with some guidance and a little flexibility parents and kids can be sure to have a smooth transition. Here are a few words of advice from Edgewood staff:

Ease into the routine Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

Check in Make sure to regularly check in with your child to see how they're doing with the return to school, including: peers, friends, social experience; schoolwork, academics; connections with teachers and staff; extracurricular or preferred activities; etc.

Do your homework Find out about homework assignments and see if any help is needed. If it's not something with which you're able to help, is there someone else who can (family, friend, school tutoring options, etc. Check to see if your child has brought home anything from school that you need to see/sign & return.

Communicate - Talk with your child's teacher or school staff in order to learn about their academic plan for the year. With more information this can lessen your anxiety as well as your child's. Have family dinner together at least 3 times per week.  Encourage your child to share what happened at school during those times as a whole family.

Get them involved If you feel that you child is not thriving emotionally at school, get them involved in a team or individual sport in or outside of school. These new groups will provide an emotional buffer for your child. Outside involvement will provide the child an opportunity to increase their self-esteem and make connections with others.

Eat! - Fed students are better students!

 

Back to School!

We need your help to send Edgewood kids in San Francisco, Bayview, and San Mateo back to school with the new school supplies they need to succeed. 

If you are interested in donating from the list below, please download this form and call 415.682.3200 to arrange a time to drop them off at our San Francisco campus location in the Sunset District.

Most needed items include:

Back packs

Water bottles

Lunch boxes

Pens

Pencils (NO PENCIL SHARPENERS, kids break them and use them to cut)

Markers

Color Crayons

Lined paper

Note books

Folders

Binders

Highlighters

Post its

Rulers


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