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A New School Year is Coming

A New School Year is Coming

OK, OK, don’t come for me, but it’s getting to be that time. No one likes it, no one wants to think about it, but the new school year is right around the corner. Believe it or not, we are just a couple of weeks out from the first Friday Night Lights.

While summer break is a much-needed respite from the rigors of school, it doesn’t mean school should be forgotten entirely. In fact, doing some preparatory steps before a new school year begins can make the year go much more smoothly. Here’s how you and the kiddos can start prepping for the final.

Keep reading

According to Scholastic, summer slide is a concept that was first acknowledged by researchers in 1996. Many comprehensive studies have come out since then and indicated that kids lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break, which can have a cumulative effect and lead to skill loss each year. Some research says up to 20 percent of school year gains in reading and 27 percent in math are lost during summer break. Children should be encouraged to read as much as possible during summer break, particularly since many schools require summer reading and subsequent essays or book reports upon returning to the classroom. Let kids read what they want, whether it’s comics, magazines, the newspaper, or even books they’ve read before.

Brush up on math skills

It can’t hurt for students to do a few math problems over the summer. Practice keeps skills fresh and any mathematical formulas prominent in their minds. All it takes is one or two problems per day to stay on top of math skills.

Visit educational attractions

Families can include museums, art exhibits, animal sanctuaries, libraries, science centers, and similar attractions in the list of places they visit over the summer. This way students can learn and be entertained simultaneously.

Start enforcing bedtimes

School-aged children (six to 13 years) need nine to 12 hours of sleep every night, according to During the summer, late nights can easily be rectified by sleeping in the next day. But when school resumes, the alarm clock will be ringing earlier than expected. Parents can gradually implement earlier bedtimes as summer winds down so that kids are getting the rest they will need. This is especially true if your child is transitioning from one school to another where start times may be earlier than last year.

Get in the know

Parents can begin to pay closer attention to emails and social media posts from schools as they’ll likely contain information about upcoming school calendars, bus routes (or transportation registration), changes in personnel, or any additional updates. This will help alleviate any surprises on the first day of school.

Accumulate supplies

School may not be on the radar early in summer, but it’s wise to purchase supplies early. Right before school starts there is a mad dash to grab notebooks, pens, clothing, and more, which can make for a stressful shopping experience for all involved. Shopping early helps families avoid that outcome. I know this is hit or miss depending on the district and age. Some provide most of what kids will need, and some encourage waiting until after open houses so that teachers can provide a list. But picking up the basics early can help you get ahead. Plus, who doesn’t like buying school supplies?

Speaking of supplies, there are also opportunities to help those that may not have access to everything they need for a successful school year.

Even though it is not Christmas, the folk at The Salvation Army are keeping busy! They are starting their school supply drive.

Their goal is to collect enough donations to provide at least 100 filled backpacks so that more local children can start the 2023-2024 school year equipped for success!

You check out the pic with my story to see what they need. Primary drop-off location is the Salvation Army, 457 Market St., Williamsport. You can drop off donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 pm. Through Friday, August 18th!