Principal | Damian H. Perry M.A. M.Ed | email@example.com
Thank you for stopping by Principal Perry’s Platform! I will use this web page to provide you with the latest educational news, current events that impact PACE, “Community Salutes”, and all other exciting PACE Academy News. This month I wanted to provide each of you some helpful back to school tips, it is my sincere hope that you find this information helpful, please check back monthly for updated information.
Mr. Perry’s Back To School Tips
Adjust to the new routine
Ease into the school-year schedule. Getting back into the school routine can be a challenge for everyone in the family. To make the adjustment easier, start early.
- A few weeks before school starts, move bedtime back to an earlier time.
- Put a positive spin on going back to school. Talk about the fun things your child will learn, the old friends he’ll see and the new friends he’ll make.
- If your child is anxious about starting the next grade, reassure her that other children have these feelings too and that its only natural!
- Don’t make plans for big trips right before the start of school.
- Establish school-day schedules for homework, TV, baths and bedtime.
- Arrange play dates with friends from school to re-establish connections that may have been dropped for the summer, or to create new ones
Take advantage of the slower pace during your time away from school to set up for the busy school year ahead.
- Go to the PACE website to fill out the new Lunch Survey before school starts. If you can discipline yourself to fill out the paperwork several days before it’s due, you’ll avoid a last-minute panic.
- Have the necessary immunization records available for easy reference.
- Update school emergency contact and health information for the coming year.
- As you read through all the school information, mark important dates (such as the back-to-school BBQ, parent-teacher conferences and curriculum nights) on the family calendar.
- Start a folder for school newsletters and other papers so that you can easily find and refer to them if necessary.
- Establish a “get ready the night before” policy. Pick clothes for the next day and pack the backpack every evening before bedtime, and you’ll save precious time in the morning.
It’s always a great idea to buy what you know you’ll need early. Contact Risse Brothers about any sales on uniforms and stores that may have great prices on uniform pants, skirts and shoes. Go through your children’s wardrobes and weed out everything they’ve outgrown. By reducing the clutter, you will be able to get them dressed quickly and easily. Keep in mind of the PACE school dress code while shopping, the school dress code will be strictly enforced this school year.
Visit the PACE website so that you can view the 2015/2016 school supply lists. These lists have been specifically chosen by your students’ teacher to ensure your child has all of the necessary tools of success!
Nutrition: plan healthy meals
Get creative with easy, healthy ideas for school-day meals. If you plan and gather what you need on the weekends, you’ll make life a lot less stressful and meals more nutritious during the week.
Remember the most important meal of the day. Fruit smoothies make a quick and healthy addition to the usual fare.
If you will be packing a lunch from home, be sure to have a sturdy lunch box or a supply of paper bags on hand. Here are some quick and creative ideas for making school lunches healthy and fun:
- For the younger child, use cookie cutters to make sandwiches into interesting shapes.
- Sneak vegetables like lettuce, cucumber or zucchini slices into sandwiches.
- Buy baked chips and low-fat crackers or pretzels. Avoid items with trans fats in them such as packaged cookies, snack cakes and regular chips.
- Choose 1% or fat-free milk or 100% fruit juices.
- Make fruit fun to eat by cutting it into slices and putting it on a skewer or include small containers of applesauce or pineapple packed in its own juice.
- For the younger child, write a surprise message or draw a funny picture and put it in her lunch.
- Get older children to help pack their lunches. You may need to arrange the morning routine (or evening routine if you do this the night before) so that you don’t do this chore by yourself.
Plan dinners for the week ahead and shop on the weekends to avoid last minute trips to the grocery store.
Set priorities and schedules
To make the best use of your time and keep life from being harried, think about priorities for family members and then schedule them into the week.
- Before school begins, discuss what extracurricular activities your child will participate in. If your child needs a little extra encouragement to audition for band, choir or sports teams, now is the time to go over the benefits of these activities. If, however, your child needs to have limits set, have her pick her favorite activities and forgo the rest. Be realistic and don’t fall victim to over-programming. Make sure to leave enough time to do homework and for family time.
Determine how much time you can give to the school each month as a volunteer and involved parent: in the classroom, on field trips, for fundraising events and on school-wide committees. Remember your pledge to volunteer at least 20 hours per school year.
For the Family
- Start a family calendar in a common area where each family member can write down his or her activities.
- Prepare for the homework ahead having set routines and a place to study at home will make it easier for your child to be organized and successful at PACE.
- Set up a well-lit, quiet place with a good work surface to do homework. Try to keep this place dedicated to homework and free of other clutter.
- Establish a regular homework time. This will help your student to complete assignments on time.
- Discourage distractions such as television, radio, the Internet or phone conversations during homework time.
Arrange for Transportation
Everyone will feel better if transportation to and from school is addressed well before the start of the school year, particularly if your student is taking the bus (Northland or Highland Park routes), carpooling or you are bringing them. Practice the routes to PACE, and time them, making sure that they fit within arrival and dismissal times.
Taking the Bus
- Remember to get the new bus schedule!
- If your child will be taking the bus for the first time, discuss the bus route and bus safety rules with her.
- If you will be driving your child, have a backup arrangement with another parent in case you are delayed for some reason, remember all students need to be picked up by 4:00pm unless participating in Kids U, sports, or Champions.
- Confirm carpool arrangements in advance and make sure your child knows who will be picking him up before and after school.
- Become familiar with PACE Academy traffic safety rules, drop-off and pick-up procedures.
- If your child will be home alone after school, establish safety rules for locking doors and windows, and for answering the door and the telephone. Make sure she knows to check in with you or another adult when she arrives at home.