The countdown is on! I know I hate to break it to you but I’m lightly feeling the pinch of back to school prep. We have one more vacation planned which I cannot WAIT to embark on but before I get fully into vacay mode, I have an amazing summer enrichment program that I put together for girls right here in Valley Stream. All girls are welcome, it’s just hosted here in VS.
But let’s get back on task here. I wanted to write this quick post to help get you all on track. Here are a few things you need to be doing in order to get ready for the back to school struggle:
Have you started your back to school supply shopping? The deals are pretty good right now and the crowds are manageable. We went to WalMart in Westbury yesterday and picked up many items for cheap! But, they won’t be for long. Let’s get to it! I also put together this basic school supply list you may want to check out.
Before/After Care Options
Is your morning/afternoon routine set in place? I see many moms asking about morning/after school drop off options for their 4th + graders because there is none! While many schools have before/after care, it’s highly competitive. If you get shut out, no worries. Ask a neighbor, family member, or do a search for childcare facilities nearby who may offer before/after care for your child. They do exist!
Is your child’s physical/shots up to date? If not, you may want to check that out. Many of our children need current medical/dental records in order to start school. Like mine…darn. I forgot to have our dental records updated while we were at the dentist two weeks ago.
Listen, my kids don’t seem to need new shoes except on Sundays when we are late for church. Have you checked your kid’s shoes size lately? Don’t wait until the last minute. It’s super hard these days to find shoes in the malls for the kids. Most kid’s shoes are available online with the exception of Kohl’s, Nordstroms, and Target. While there are a few children’s specialty shoe stores around, they may not have the size/style you want. Start now!
If you’re an incoming Kindergarten parent or new to the community, don’t expect the school to know you just moved into the neighborhood. You need to register with your school ASAP. While the elementary schools may have set dates to register, the high school district is still open I believe. So hop to it so you won’t have any issues on the first day of school.
Short story: So many families in our school neglected to register that we had to add another 1st grade teacher to the school a few weeks into the start of school. Can you imagine the stress that caused with having to find and hire a teacher and then restructure the class.
School starts in Valley Stream on Wednesday, September 5th which is better than last year where we started the day after Labor Day. I’m so glad they changed that.
Any other back to school prep tips you want to share? Comment below.
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