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First Day of School Tips!

Thursday, 15 August, 2019 - 12:59 am

The first day for the new school year at The Hebrew Academy is quickly approaching!  The classroom doors will open on August 28th to all our new and returning students. Our teachers are planning their curriculum and getting their classrooms ready and our staff is preparing for an exciting new school year. We have prepared a list of tips to help you, as parents and caregivers, get your child and children as ready as possible. Nothing will soothe all the nerves for the first day, but we want to help our students be as ready as possible. 

  1. Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! Your child will see friends from last year that they may not have seen all summer! Involve your child in shopping for new school supplies and other fun new year activities. 

  2. Remind your child that they are not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will be making an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

  3. Review all your child's accomplishments from last year, and talk about the kinds of interesting things they will learn in the months ahead.

  4. Reassure your child that if any problems arise at school, you will help resolve them. (If problems do occur, get involved as soon as possible.)

  5. Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can ride on the bus with. If your child is older, remind them how important their role is on the bus with the younger kids. Make them feel like they are important and have a very important job to do. 

  6. If your child is not going to ride a school bus and you are able, drive your child to school and pick them up the first day, especially if those new school nerves are running high!

  7. Encourage your child to look for new students in their class or on the playground, and encourage your child to invite the new student to join the group for a game, and ask them about their interests.

  8. After school, show your child some special attention and affection. Give your child a hug and ask about their day with open ended questions. What was the best part of your day? Did you make any new friends? Do you need any additional school supplies (notebooks, rulers, erasers) that you can shop for together?

If your child needs some extra support as they start at a new school or in a new classroom, below are some suggestions to make the transition easier. 

  • Talk with your child about their feelings, both excitement and concerns about the new school.

  • Visit the school with your child in advance of the first day. Teachers and staff are usually at school a few days before the children start. 

  • Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day so they can get acquainted and play together, and so your child will have a friendly face to look for when school begins.

  • Do not build up unrealistic expectations about how wonderful the new school will be, but convey a general sense of optimism about how things will go for your child at the new school. Remind your child that teachers and other students will be making an extra effort to make them feel welcome. 

  • Discover what enrichment activities are available for your child in addition to those that occur during school itself. At The Hebrew Academy, we offer enrichment every Wednesday that your student can participate in. There is also our Soccer Team you can sign up for at www.ayso143.org. Please choose Hebrew Academy Sunday Soccer for your special rate! 

During the first few weeks at a new school, your child's teacher will probably conduct some informal assessments. You should be able to get some idea of how your child's academic and social adjustments are going at that time.

 

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