While the calendar says that fall officially arrives on September 22nd, the beginning of the end of summer officially arrives with the beginning of the school year. Yes, the days are yet beach worthy but school is now in session so we must pack our summer thoughts away and live off of the amazing memories I hope you all created.
This year promises to be a busy one for me with the kids in separate schools for the first time in four years. I should be used to this but I’m not. Two open houses, two PTA’s, two parent teacher conferences, concerts, to say the least.
The oldest is off to middle school, locker disco ball and all, and the youngest is yet in elementary school ready to make his impact on his 5th grade teacher. The all fall in love with him…#eyeroll.
To make this school year as smooth as possible, I want to share a few tips to keep the stress balls away. I’ve known since last year that this was going to be a busy time for me and I have had to cut back on a few things. I’ve also had to figure out how to make things easier for me without driving myself crazy.
Here are my tips for a smooth, stress free school year:
Bookmark the School Calendar ASAP!
I’ve been stalking the school calendars for some time to see when holidays, open house, parent teacher conferences, special events, etc. fall this year. Luckily, one school mailed the calendar while the other has yet to update theirs. If you have littles, you need to secure a sitter ASAP or you’ll have to bring them with you. Gasp!
Download/Print the School Lunch Menu
We download the menu each month and post it on our kitchen cork board high enough where the kids can read it. They decide each morning whether or not they want to purchase the nasty school lunch on their own based on what’s being served. If you’re more of the organized type, this works best in the evening so you can avoid having to run out for groceries in the morning.
Register for mySchoolbucks
For those days when you forget to buy bread, the lunch meat has gone bad, and you just don’t want to run to the grocery store at 11:43 p.m., mySchoolbucks has been a game changer for your girl. I NEVER have cash on me so when this app became a part of our lives, it has truly made things easier for us. Depending on your school, it allows your child to purchase breakfast, lunch, books, and school fees. Love it! However, if you don’t like to pay fees, send a check in to your school to avoid them.
Don’t let me fool you. I don’t know what’s for dinner each day until 5 p.m. and that’s only when the kids ask. On occasion, we have signed up for those meal delivery services like this one and this one. Food services like these are absolute lifesavers if you’re not a “cook for the week” kinda parent. And I’m not. I’ve also heard that Amazon Fresh is another amazing life saver. You can also have your groceries delivered to your home from several area grocery stores if you hate shopping or just can’t find the time to get it done on weekends.
Go to Open House Night
This is the best time to meet your child’s teacher and get a little face time in, see who’s in your kid’s class and meet the class parent. You’ll also need to take these items with you usually during open house. If you’re unable to make it, be sure to send a note in BEFORE open house to let the teacher know. You can then schedule some 1:1 time with him/her on another date to get caught up. Read this too.
I hope this information will help you out in more ways than one. Together, we can get through this school year stress free!
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