August 21, 2019 Announcements

How Siouxland parents can prepare their children for a new school year

Summer vacation has come to an end, or will soon end, for Siouxland students.

Kids now need to build up those good habits as they make their way back to School.

But, parents will have some work to do too.

Sue Nash, an elementary school counselor with the Sioux City Community School District, spoke with KTIV’s Matt Breen about how parents can make sure their children are keeping up with those healthy habits both at home and at school.

“One of the best things you can do is look at a routine or schedule,” said Nash. “Kids have kind of been doing their own thing in terms of getting up at different times. And now they have to get back into the swing of school. Setting that bedtime I think is one of the most important things to get started as well as kind of looking at how am I going to have my supplies or things organized for the next day. How does that look, having a specific spot for the backpack, the shoes, everything that they need so they are not rushing around in the morning.”

Along with getting back into the swing of a schedule, students will have to get acquainted with their school building and teachers. Nash said a great chance to do that is  during the Sioux City Community School District’s ‘Back to School’ night.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids and their families to come and to be able to meet their teachers, see their classrooms and their schools,” she said. “That way they can talk to their teachers. It’s a great time to find out what their day is going to look like when they get back to school. The teacher can maybe talk a little bit about the schedule, what that might look like on a daily basis, maybe some of the different things they are going to need in their classroom to be successful and just build that communication, find out how they are going to communicate with the teacher. In some schools, they send a folder home. A folder is a great way to communicate, bringing papers home, but also papers that maybe need to be filled out and brought back to school.”

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