As challenging as sleep routines might be, the new school year is also a time of great wonder for kids. When parents start prepping the kids for change by purchasing new school supplies and the like, excitement builds. Learning who their teacher will be and getting back in touch with classmates likely tops the list. However, many kids also look forward to what the school year will be like and what they will be studying. Parents may approach the year with the same anticipation as we hope for the best of everything.
Items most important to me are that kids enter an environment conducive to learning where they have ample male and female adult role models, minimal class disruptions, and of highest value is that the kids enter an environment where safety of the students is the top priority of all administrative/managerial positions. Nothing is so unnerving to me, as a parent, to think that we believe we are already there and that nothing further needs to be accomplished in that area. Where safety is concerned, “groupthink” is not a consensus value to hold just to refrain from rocking the boat, so to speak.
My digressions help me realize the short summer break is over. It’s now time to say farewell to the carefree days of summer break and move on to new challenges and concerns.
Best wishes to all students and to their parents as we step into another school year. Let’s make it a great one.