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First Day of School

Excitement is in the air because, Thursday, August 29, 2019, is the first day of school at West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School for the 2019 - 2020 school year. And while teachers have been preparing all week to have their classrooms ready in anticipation of receiving their new students, it is understandable that the start of a new school year can be both an exciting and nerve-racking experience for young children. Making new friends and meeting new teachers might feel a bit overwhelming for them.  
Here are some are few tips to ease the transition for new students:

1. Establish routines:  Parents should begin putting their children to bed earlier so they can get used to waking up in time for school.  Research supports that a well-rested student is less irritated and in a better mindset to receive instruction.   

2. Address anxiety: Parents can ease anxiety by showing excitement and happiness about the start of school.  Parents should also be sure to allow time for their children to share the details of their day. Be sure to reinforce positive behavior and to address negative choices. 

3. Stay involved: Parents should remain continuously involved in their child’s education as parents are a vital part of the learning process.  Parents should ask their children daily about homework. Also, they should check with teachers to ensure children are fully understanding and completing assignments.