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Beginning of a New Academic Year

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

Transitioning from a fun-filled summer to a new school year has its ups and downs. One day you don’t want the lazy summer days to end. Then some days, you are ready to send the kids back to school and get back to the routine a new school year brings. It may help ease into “school mode” if you start early. If you wait until the week before school starts to begin the preparations for the new year, it will only cause you more stress and anxiety. Follow these tips to prepare for a new school year while you still enjoy the last weeks of summer break.

New School Enrollment Is Open For Registration

Did you just relocate your family to Collin County? Or do you have a youngster getting ready to start kindergarten this year? Have you decided to switch from public school to a charter school or private school in the area? If any of these apply to you, it’s time to enroll your student as soon as possible. This allows the school and their teachers to prepare for how many students they will have in their classroom. It’s important to do this step ahead of time, so your child can start school on time. Be sure to check the school website for details and deadlines on new student registration and enrollment.

Know What To Expect

Visit your school’s website and calendar of events to know what dates are coming up. Do you know what day is the first day back to school? Is there a parents' meeting you want to attend? Some schools have a new student orientation night so children can take a tour and meet their teachers.

Celina ISD school's first day back is August 10, 2022. Incoming Freshman orientation starts on July 20, 2022. High school students can pick up their class schedules during the last week of July. The elementary schools have a “meet the teacher” event on August 8, 2022.

McKinney ISD schools also start back to school on August 10, 2022. Each school within the district has its own calendar for your reference.

Frisco ISD schools also start the new school year on August 10, 2022. Preschool and kindergarten students can meet their teacher on August 4, 2022. Elementary school students can meet their teacher on August 8, 2022.

Prosper ISD schools also start back to school on August 10, 2022. Middle school students can pick up their schedules the first week of August (see calendar for specific dates for each grade). Elementary students can meet their teacher on August 8, 2022.

Back To School Shopping

Check out your school’s supply list and go shopping! Time for a new fall wardrobe, new sneakers, backpacks, lunch boxes, and the class supply list. Some schools ask parents to supply certain items, such as pencils, crayons, glue sticks, tissues, etc. Don’t wait until the last minute to grab the school supplies, or you may find the shelves getting bare quickly!

Summer “Homework”

Did your child have a required summer reading list? Check in with your kids to make sure they are on track to finish their books on time. Many teachers will ask that students practice their math and reading skills over the summer. It’s best to have the kids gradually work a little at a time throughout the summer rather than cram it in the last few weeks before school starts.

Get Back To Routine

During the summer months, your kids may get into the habit of staying up late and sleeping in all morning. It’s time to transition back into a bedtime routine that resembles their school year routine. Chances are if you wait until the week before school, your kids won’t be able to fall asleep early. Start now and gradually cut thirty minutes of their evening each week. If they usually stay up until midnight, have them turn in (lights out) at 11:30 this week, then 11:00 the next week, and so on. Have them set an alarm clock to get up earlier as well. Get them back into their morning routine of making their bed, taking a shower, and eating a substantial breakfast. Starting the routine weeks ahead will ensure a much smoother first week back to school.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! It’s going to be a great new school year!

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