It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school time. On Wednesday, August 28, 11,600 students will begin the school year in Danbury with a full–day schedule. As school returns, we want to think about what routines we need to slide back into. The school schedule includes early bedtimes, homework and packing lunches. Routines put into place help mornings go smoothly and make a successful day for your child.
In preparation for the first day, practice what I call the 5B’sroutine: Break Bread, Bath, Brush Teeth, Book and Bedtime. Children love routines and routines provide security. Begin bedtime a bit earlier the week before school starts, as children need 10 hours of sleep nightly. Prepare bookbags and place them in the same spot, so they are ready to go in the morning – near the door you exit through is a great spot.
Have your child lay out two sets of clothes, so they can make the decision between two options instead of fishing through their drawers. Have a morning routine: rise, breakfast, dress, teeth and bathroom prep and out the door. Lunches can be prepared and put in the refrigerator. Just pop in the last cold items and an ice pack and they are ready to go. Students attending the following schools will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch: ECC, Ellsworth, Great Plain, Hayestown, King St. Primary and Intermediate, Mill Ridge, Morris, Park Ave., Pembroke, Shelter Rock, South St., Stadley Rough, Broadview, Rogers Park and ACE. Families whose children attend the other schools will still be required to fill out free and reduced lunch forms. Forms are available at the Family & Community Engagement Center at 49 Osborne St. and at the child’s school.
Know that there will be many important papers coming home the first few days that need parental attention. Make sure that you read and return them quickly. Please make it a daily habit to check the folder. If you have changed any of your contact information, send a note to the teacher. If you have moved, you are required to come to 49 Osborne Street to change your address, with a new lease or ownership deed and a second form of proof. Bus transportation depends heavily on your quickness with this task. Bus lists will be published on the Danbury Public School website (www.danbury.k12.ct.us) on or about August 15.You can also visit https://versatransweb04.tylertech.com/Danbury/elinkrp/search.aspx to find the closest bus stop.
For families new to Danbury Public Schools, there will be an Orientation/Informational Night on Thursday, August 15 at 6 pm at Rogers Park Middle School. The program will be presented in three languages and child care will be available. For families, the community event “Party on the Police Patio/Back to School Drive” will be held on Friday, August 23 from 5:30-8:30 at the Danbury Police Station, 375 Main Street. All are welcome to both events.
As always, if you have questions about Danbury School, contact your school or feel free to call me or email me. On behalf of the entire leadership team, we welcome everyone back for a successful school year.
Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.