Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Well before the school year starts:

  • Contact the school to determine:

    • Registration requirements
    • Your schedule, including teacher name(s), if available
    • Physical examinations required
    • Immunizations required
    • Supplies required
    • Options available for meals
  • Make arrangements to get to and from school

  • Study material which will prepare you for your classwork

  • Buy:

    • Clothes
    • Binders/folders
    • Paper
    • Pens, pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
    • Lunch box
    • Reusable food/drink containers
    • Reference books, e.g., dictionary

Right before the school year starts:


  • Tell your child that in the event of an emergency (e.g., earthquake), the teachers will take care of him/her until you get there, which may take quite a while

On the first day of school:

  • Take:
  • School supplies
  • Still camera
  • Video camera

Soon after the school year starts:

  • Set up a gathering of classmates and their families, e.g., a picnic to help students and families get to know each other better early in the school year


  • Ensure the school has phone numbers to reach you or people you designate in the event of an illness or emergency
  • Ask some of the parents your child’s classmates to make sure your child gets picked up after school and, if not, to pick up your child
  • Give your child’s teacher and/or the office a list of people you authorize to pick up your child
  • Volunteer to help in the classroom

Items to take:

  • Thing(s) to share
  • Lunch (see FOOD)

Junior high school:

  • Make a weekly calendar to show your schedule

    • Put a copy in your primary binder/folder
    • Post copies at home, in your locker, etc.


Thanks for reading!