It’s hard to believe, but it’s back to school time. On Monday, August 29, 11,000 students will begin the school year in Danbury with a full-day schedule. As we get closer to the start, routines that we didn’t practice during the lazy days of summer return, as does the preparation for the New Year. Routines put into place help mornings go smoothly and make a successful day for your child. If your child is not registered for school, call 203-797-4753 immediately. It is important that all children start on the first day!
In preparation for the first day, practice what I call the 3Bs, the Bath, Book and Bedtime routine. 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 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 these 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 items and they are ready to go.
Have a central calendar (I had mine in the kitchen) where all of the children’s activities are listed in different colored markers. When you buy your school supplies (lists are posted on school websites), buy extra for home. Take a shoebox and decorate it as your mobile homework box; no matter where you do your homework, it will be ready to go with you. Tax-free week for clothing in Connecticut is August 21-27.
Know that there will be many important papers coming home the first few days that need parents’ attention. Make sure that you read and return them quickly. If you are on free/reduced meals, the form must be returned by October 1. Very important is your child’s contact sheet; please confirm the numbers and return. If your numbers change, contact your school secretary. Of course, it is important to look in your child’s bookbag and at his/her work daily.
Before and afterschool care will begin on the second day of school, August 30. Registration takes place at the FACE Center, located at 49 Osborne Street, daily from 8-4. Families who need care on August 30 are required to register by August 12.
Bus lists will be published on the Danbury Public Schools website (www.danbury.k12.ct.us) on or about August 19. A robo call will go out advising families as to the exact date. The publication will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese and it will contain all the important details families need to know about the district.
As always, if you have questions about Danbury Public Schools, 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, M. Ed., 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.