20 August 2018

I get mixed emotions when it’s time to send the kids back to school. Certainly not because I’ll

miss my kids being home all day playing video games and eating everything in sight! A new

school year leaves me feeling a little anxious because it will be time for homework, PTA

meetings, sports and everything else that we do for our kids during the school year. In order to

keep my sanity, here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful during the school year. What

strategies do you use to help your kids have a successful year????

1. Attend open house- get to know your child’s teachers.

2. Start an after school routine. Allow kids a break when arriving home from school. Then

set a time to start homework.

3. Be an Advocate! You are your child’s biggest supporter.

4. Access your school’s reporting tools. Schools use tools, such as Powerschool, Google

Classroom, Remind Me, Imodo, etc. to publish grades, homework assignments and

school communications. Get access to these tools and check them often.

5. If your child is struggling, don’t wait, find a solution. School counselors are a great


6. Spend time reviewing math and reading skills with your child in the summer. This will

ensure a good start to the next school year.

7. Start a reward system. Set school year goals and reward kids for meeting those goals.

8. Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! I can’t say enough. Keeping an open line

of communication with the school staff is one of the most important ways to ensure

school success!

Have a Great School Year!!

Lakeshia McLean