July 16, 2010, Newsletter Issue #213: The First Day of School

Tip of the Week

The day has finally arrived! You and your child are equally excited. Here are some tips to help you (yes, you!) survive your child's first day of school.

Get there early. You should aim to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before school starts to walk your child to her classroom, help her put away her school supplies and give her a chance to meet some of her classmates.
Bring a camera. Many parents like to record this special day in their child's memory book, and what better memento than a picture?
Don't cry! This may be an emotional time for you as a parent. After all, going to school means your baby is growing up. However, you are likely to scare your child or make him more nervous if he thinks you are upset. Kids can sense these things. So put on a happy face and cry your eyes out in the parking lot after you've dropped him off.
Find out important information. You'll need to know the dismissal time (some schools dismiss early during the first week of school) and any dismissal procedures (will you pick up your child at the classroom or somewhere else?).

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