by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian
Championship t-ball games have been played, dance recitals have been performed, and the summer reading program at the library has come to a close. (Participants in the children’s summer reading program logged in over one million minutes–wow!) This can mean only one thing—the beginning of the school year is just around the corner.
For USD 383 students, the first day of school is Tuesday, August 12th. To ease the transition back to school, the first day will be a half day, with the students to be released before lunch. To help parents and students prepare for the upcoming year, most schools will be hosting an open house. Don’t miss out on a sneak peek into your child’s school. If you need to pick up school supplies, lists are provided at major stores in town, such as Target and Wal-Mart. Remember that if this is your child’s first year attending USD 383, you will need to present a health assessment, immunization card, transcript from their previous school (if applicable), proof of identity and social security number, before they can be enrolled.
With the transition from summer to school, there is sure to be anxiety amongst parents and children alike. The first day of school is not like any other day, though. There are forms to be filled out, fees to be paid, and the ever-present butterflies to be calmed before even walking through the door. And it’s not always the kids who are nervous about the new school year, either. However, the library has a number of great resources in order to prepare families for going back to school.
- Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
- Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
- Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries by Diane Peters Mayer
- Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children by Lori Lite
- Children’s “With 21 Activities” series by various authors