It’s quiet again at my house with my kids — and teacher husband — at school. No more sleeping in or wondering if they will leave for the day when I work from home. While I feel organized for the influx of important school papers in their backpacks and the start of school events, this is the calm before the storm.
School has just begun — not only for the kids, but for me, too, as I’ve decided to add a graduate class to an already busy schedule — but also, the fall sports season will soon be in overdrive, along with school fundraisers, sign-up forms, etc. I sometimes envy the parents with toddlers as I miss the days of scheduled naps, parks and play.
That’s why, in this issue, we get back in the school routine gradually and provide you with some information you might need now. For new preschooler parents, look for ways to help your child’s school on pg 32. Parents with toddlers to early elementary age kids can look on pg. 34 for information about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and begin early to gain those required skills. For middle schoolers, we provide some locker organization advice from teachers and parents (pg. 36). Is your high school student confused about Advanced Placement vs. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme? We have the answers on pg. 38. Also, look for homeschool events, independent school profiles and open houses in this month’s education guide.
For parents with infants, we provide tips on some helpful baby gear (pg. 12). Also, for children with special needs, we offer storytime dates just for them (pg. 10).
Apples, hayrides, and interesting getaways are worth celebrating as we head into the fall season. I am excited that we feature family activities happening on weekends throughout the entire month, starting on pg. 20.
“Busy” is a word we say frequently or hear often from other parents. Something new I would like to hear is “hope.” That’s why in this issue, we have two stories that provide resources for people who need to be uplifted in their battle against illness (pg. 26) and to help prevent addiction (pg. 8).
In my world, I just “hope” the school year and hockey season go smoothly without any trips to the ER — or even the school principal.
Check out our September issue here.