Just a few weeks left - counting down to school
Portland Public Schools kicks off the 2007-2008 school year in just three short weeks. Will your child be going to school for the first time? What sorts of things have you been doing to get ready for school? Stocking up on the back-to-school suppply list that the school sent you?
We caught wind of a new product by Portland-company Blue Lake Children's Publishing. It's called the Kindergarten Countdown Toolkit, and it comes with a DVD, a stack of Tessy & Tab magazines, and a kindergarten checklist. The checklist has great tips for building up to the first day and week of school: visit the school, prepare for riding the bus or commuting to school, routinize the sleeping schedule, make a list for things to bring to school, and -- my personal favorite tip -- plan a special "first day" family dinner.
Another great idea is to start to get to know new families at your new school. We've already been invited to our daughter's new school's end-of-summer picnic, and we already have our older daughter's back-to-school picnic on our calendars. Sarah C recently posted that she belongs to a google group for her daughter's school, Beach Elementary. We are figuring that there are many school yahoo/google groups out there -- like Alameda Elementary, Creston School, Arthur Academy -- are there more?
Kindergarten is truly one of those first milestones you will definitely not forget. Megan's daughter will be starting this fall, she asks:
Stella is starting Kindergarten (too soon!) at Vernon, and I'd love to find some other families to have some playdates so she might have a familiar face or two on her first day of school. Do you guys know of anyone?
Are you in the same situation as Megan and would like to meet others from your school? Start posting in the comments and let's see if we can help any of you connect! Any other ideas on how to prepare for the next school year, especially for those who are just starting their first days? Three weeks will be gone before we know it!