Our second Back-to-School post comes from Jenny Ames, a Derby Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher, with tips on how you can help your child be prepared for the first day and get the most from their school experience.
Dear Derby Families,
The first day of school is just around the corner in Derby. Here are 5 tips for getting the littlest Raiders ready for August 28th.
1. Bedtime: Start going to bed as soon as possible at the regular school night time your family has decided upon. The school day is long and the students need to be well-rested to make it through the afternoon without falling asleep. Parents need to be rested as well.
2. Planning: Pack backpacks and lay out clothing the night before, including socks, shoes and hair accessories for the girls. I never did this growing up and I was forever racing out at the last minute, leaving homework and books behind, and with a questionable hairdo!
3. Label: Write your child's name on everything that will be sent to school. Sometimes we set aside items for later in the year. Also, all envelopes with money inside should be clearly labeled with your child's name, grade, teacher, and purpose.
4. Fun: Derby is a great place to be a kid. In addition to our fabulous schools, there are a lot of activities in town, especially at the Derby Public (Elizabeth St.) and Derby Neck (Hawthorne Avenue) libraries. Also, many sports teams are available: football, baseball, softball, cheer, soccer, and basketball. I really encourage students to become involved with a sports team. They present great opportunities to meet kids in other classes and the other elementary school as well as follow rules and directions. Many Derby parents have struck up friendships on the sidelines. Sign-up notices for Parks and Recreation leagues are sent home in the home/school folders.
I can't wait to see you on August 28!
Derby Public Schools