.In a few days, your child will begin to have his or her first experiences with school. Your child will discover a new world, make new friends and adapt to new schedules and routines. This is an essential moment for him/her, but also for you especially if this is your first child.
Some children may need more time than others to adjust to new environments, but please know that we will do all we can do to help with the transition. We know that it is not going to be easy to say good bye on the first day of school so please read “Separation Anxiety: 15 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Fears” at the end of the newsletter.
If you have any concerns regarding this transition period, please feel free to discuss this with your child’s teacher or Miss Charlotte.
Attached you will find the supply list for your child’s classroom. Please don’t forget to bring all needed items requested on the supply list including a sleeping bag and tableware for lunch on the first day of school. In addition, it’s a new school year so to help us identify your child’s blanket, lunch bag, coat, or other personal items, please identify your child’s belongings by writing their initials somewhere on the article. As always, we appreciate your assistance.
Immunization Records - Le carnet de sante
Please also bring your child’s immunization record on the first week of school or an update. The State of Texas is very strict and states that “All immunizations should be completed by the first date of attendance. The law requires that students be fully vaccinated against the specified diseases. A student may be enrolled provisionally if the student has an immunization record that indicates the student has received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine required by this rule. To remain enrolled, the student must complete the required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school.”
Sign IN & OUT
Please do remember to sign your child in (morning) and out (evening) each school day. Sign in/out sheet allows the school to keep track of attendance. If you have not yet been assigned a code (the last 4 digits of your phone number), please let us know as soon as possible.
Separation Anxiety: 15 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Fears by Cathryn Tobin, MD, author of The Parent’s Problem Solver
Separation anxiety is a little one’s way of saying how much they really don’t want to say good-bye. Most preschoolers and grade-schoolers experience it at some point in their early lives. Sometimes it occurs out of the blue after a change in the environment. Other times separation anxiety occurs because children are worried about life at home — perhaps because parents are fighting or someone is sick — and they feel a sense of uncertainty about leaving home. Most often, however, separation anxiety is purely a “missing mom” issue. Follow these 15 strategies and you may be able to minimize the problem too.
DO: Keep your good-byes short and sweet. In doing so, you convey the message that you have confidence in your child’s ability to cope.
DON’T: Hover around. Your child will sense your anxiety, and this will make it more difficult for her to calm down.
DO: Tuck a family picture away in your child’s backpack for her to look at later in the day.
DON’T: Sneak out. You want your child to know unequivocally that she can trust you.
DO: Develop loving good-bye routines. Madison and I invented a kiss-hug-nose-rub routine that we both enjoy.
DON’T: Bargain or bribe your child to behave. Your little one should be allowed her feelings.
DO: Send clear messages. Your child needs to know that you expect him to go to school no matter how much he fusses, cries or stamps his feet.
DON’T: Take your child home. If you do, you send the message that if your child cries enough he won’t have to stay.
DO: Invite children from the class over, so your child can forge friendships that will make the transition easier.
DON’T: Get upset. By keeping an upbeat and positive attitude about your child’s school, teacher and friends, you’ll help your child feel safe and enjoy his time at school.
DO: Ask your spouse or another family member to take a turn dropping your child off, or pick up one of your child’s classmates on the way to school, and your problems may disappear.
DON’T: Discuss problems with the teacher in the morning. Save conversations and questions for the end of the day.
DO: Involve the teacher. You need someone on the other end who will greet your child and ease the transition.
DON’T: Be surprised if you solve the problem and it reoccurs after holidays and sick days.
DO: Believe in your child’s ability to make positive changes.
Quote of the week
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
Have a great afternoon and thank you for allowing La Maternelle to be part of your child’s education!