Back to School

Get Ready for Back to School!

Tips to Make Back to School a Breeze

Our recent Grand Opening at Meyer Ranch was a blast, with live music, food trucks, giveaways and more! If you attended our celebration – thank you for being part of such a successful day!

The opportunity to live in this exciting 700+ acre New Braunfels community may have you thinking about having your children start the next school year in the Comal ISD. With the start of the 2019 – 2020 school year upon us, however, we want to share some ideas for getting the year off to a good start. If you like these tips, bookmark them so you can review them next year!

Get the School Year off to a Positive Start

Author of “The 7 Stages of Motherhood,” Ann Pleshette Murphy, and parenting expert Brenda Nixon, M.A., have some suggestions for making the start of the school year as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Make Sure Your Child Knows What to Expect
One of the biggest stressors for preschoolers is wondering whether Mom or Dad will be there to pick them up at the end of the school day. Make sure your child knows if you’ll be meeting them at the end of the school day, or if it will be your child care provider – whether that’s a babysitter, nanny or relative.

Make Small Steps Toward an Earlier Bedtime
Putting your child to bed a little earlier each evening in the weeks prior to the start of the school year is easier on everyone than a sudden, drastic change to an earlier bed time. Making sure your child gets enough rest is important for many reasons – not the least of which is the ability to concentrate and do better in school.

Prepare Yourself and Your Child
Picking up all the items on the Comal ISDSchool supply list is only the beginning. If medical forms, permission slips or similar items are required, make sure you have them completed and ready to go before the first day of school.
Students who are new to schools in the Comal ISD must provide:

  • One proof of residency (Mortgage, lease, or bills cable, home phone, electric, gas, or water) associated with your residence. The proof of residency document must be dated within 30 days of registration.
  • Immunization record from previous school or family doctor
  • Unofficial transcript or last report card
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security number (optional)
  • Parents must provide proof of identity and custody papers (if required)Get more information on enrolling in schools in the Comal ISD here. If you’re prepared and calm, your child will feel much better about the start of the school year.

Keep Your Child Involved in the Preparations
Let your child accompany you on your school shopping trip for items on the Bill Brown Elementary School supply list, and allow them choose a few special items. Having the “right” lunch box or backpack can help your child feel excited about the start of the school year.

Start Getting Your Child Familiar with the New Routine
The first day of school will go much more smoothly if your child knows what to expect. Consider walking to the school a few times in the weeks leading up to the school year and talking about the new routine. You might even want to take some photos of landmarks along the way to school, and create a booklet to help your child remember what the day will be like.

Meet the Teacher
Building a relationship with your child’s teacher at before the first day of school can play a huge role in your child having a successful school experience. Tell the teacher know about any struggles your child may have, and let him or her know how you prefer to be contacted regarding your child’s progress in school.

Share School Memories of Your Own
Tell your child about your favorite teachers, friends you made at school, or your favorite subjects. Sharing positive stories with your child can help create an expectation for a good experience.

Avoid the Chaos if You Can
No matter how well prepared you are, back-to-school season can still be stressful. Try to set an example for your child by staying calm and optimistic. Consider doing your school shopping for items on the Smithson Valley Middle School supply list online to avoid crowds and lessen anxiety-producing situations.

Get Prepared the Night Before
Reduce morning chaos and last-minute changes by preparing for school the night before. Lay out clothes, backpacks, items from the Smithson Valley Middle School supply list and anything else needed in the morning. Getting into the habit of preparing for school the night before can make every morning calmer and less stressful.

Keep Track of Times
No one likes to be rushed – and no one likes to be kept waiting. Preparing the night before can help make sure you and your child get out the door and to the school on time. If you’re picking your child up at the end of the school day, make sure to allow yourself adequate time for the trip. Being the last child waiting in the classroom can feel scary.

Celebrate the Day
Find out what your children would like to do after their first day of school. It might be as simple as stopping at the park, or setting aside time for them to tell you about your day.

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