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Back to School Edition

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It's Back to School Time!

I wanted to share a picture of my girls, Lynette (age 6, 1st grade) and Lucy Sue (age 4, Preschool). They started school last week and are slowing adjusting to the back to school routine! All the tips and information I share in this week's Back to School newsletter I've been through!

Lynette is super excited about school! She comes home each day with new stories to share of friends and learning fun. Lucy comes home excited about school, but each morning I still have to pull her off me and push her to her teacher and say, "Have a good day!" She tells me her favorite parts of school are the playground and riding the bus! :-)

It's always such a busy time getting ready and trying to get in a routine and to make sure your kids are emotionally and physically ready.

Enjoy this time with your kids as they make memories of a new school year. Take advantage of the conversation starters and questions shared to open up conversation with your kids about school and what they are learning.

I look forward to another school year of supporting you as a parent! Please reach out to me at any time if I can assist you in any way!

Many Blessings,

Kimberly Baumgardner

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Back to School: How to Get a Good Routine Going

Do you have your back-to-school routine planned out? Personalize your family’s routine with help from the following ideas. Once you have a method in place, your family will start the new school year on a bright and less harried note.

17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School

For a kid, going from a hazy, lazy summer where the only thing she has on her schedule is scratching a mosquito bite (and even then only if she feels like it!) to having to rise with the sun, look remotely human, and pay attention all day can be a major shock. But there are ways you can make things go more smoothly, starting right now.

Click HERE to read 17 Ways to Ease Back-to-School!

Start School Strong

This is an AMAZING resource by Understood.Org

Start HERE to get free resources that fit your needs. Our expert-vetted tips, tools and videos can help you and your child feel more confident and prepared for the first day of class.

Customize by choosing from academic, organization or social skills.

Select your child's grade: Preschool all the way to College

Indicate if your child has an IEP, 504 plan or neither.

More from Understood.ORG:

A Back-to-School Guide for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Back-to-School Countdown: A 4-week plan to get ready

All About Navigating Locker Challenges

Back-to-School Introduction Letters

9 Apps to Help Kids Manage Back-to-School Challenges

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Parent Toolkit has also created a way for you to complete a survey with interests and needs that creates a personalized school kit for you and your family!

Once you input your child's age, the topics you're interested in, and your focus for the school year, Parent Toolkit will compile a complete guide made just for you so you can start your back-to-school journey off strong.

Get started HERE.

Exceptional Parent Article

Helping Your Child with an IEP Transition into a New School Year

Helping Your Child Succeed in School

Would you like to know more about how you can help your child succeed in school? This publication answers questions frequently asked by parents of elementary and middle-school-aged children who—like you—want to help their children learn and succeed. It suggests effective ways you can support your child’s education.

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child’s academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child’s education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child’s success in learning and in life.

The research-based tips in this publication provide both practical guidance and

valuable information about a range of topics, including:

  • Getting Ready for School
  • Monitoring School Work
  • Helping with Reading
  • Helping with Homework
  • Working with Schools and Teachers
  • Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Please note: At the end this guide there are references the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which is now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Check out Questions Parents Ask About Schools

College Packing List: What Every College Student Needs

Packing for college can be stressful for both kids and parents. Whether your son or daughter will be living in a dorm or an apartment, be sure to share this checklist (for both guys and girls!), so they have all the supplies they need for the big move!

The Child Development Institute put together this great list.

Check it out HERE.

Interactive Vaccine Guide

One of the preparations in getting your kids back to school is making sure you are all up to date on vaccines!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed this Interactive Guide to help you find information about recommended vaccines from birth through adulthood, including pregnancy.

Under the MORE INFORMATION section, download the immunization schedule for children and teens so you can make sure your family is current on their vaccinations!

Check out the Vaccine Interactive Guide.

Reading Rockets' Back to School Resources

Topics of interest:
  • Who's who at your child's school?
  • Open House: What does a good classroom look like?
  • Listen and look at back-to-school night
  • What's screening, differentiated instruction, and leveled text?
  • Tips for easing back into school
  • Helping your child succeed in school
  • reading tips for parents in 13 languages
  • Lunchbox Notes
  • Back-to-School tips for parents of children with special needs
  • Building a good relationship with your child's teacher
  • Organization problems and the beginning of the school year

Check it all out HERE! Back to School TIPS

Check out's Back to School Tips.


  • Best backpacks for kids--from tots to teens
  • De-Stress Your Morning Routine
  • 16 Ways to Prep for School Separation Anxiety
  • When a Sibling Starts School
  • Lunch Box Ideas
  • Countdown to the First Day of School, Ages 3 to 5
  • A Guide to Every Grade

TEA's "Answers...In About a Minute" Video Library

You’ve got questions? The Texas Education Agency has Answers…In About A Minute. This video resource helps provide answers to questions you may have on specific public education topics, programs or initiatives.

Answers in About a Minute videos are designed to share basic information on various TEA initiatives and programs. Each video in the series is less than two minutes and directly answers specific questions in a user-friendly format that is clear and concise.

The inaugural series of Answers videos will focus on the A-F State Accountability Rating System for school districts.

Learn more and watch the video HERE.

More A-F Accountability resources can be found HERE.

Nutri Savings Back to School Activity Book

Sometimes the meal options at school are less than ideal when it comes to nutritious. This book can help kids think about healthier options--the fun way!

Download the Activity Book HERE.

Communicating About School

How many of your kids respond, "Nothing. I don't know." when you ask them what they learned in school? OR How was school today? "Fine."

Below you will find some questions you can be prepared with to ask specifically so they can't respond with "Nothing, I don't Know."

Ask these questions as you eat dinner together or when you are in the car traveling. These questions open up the door to communication and will help you gauge how your child is feeling about school and what they are learning. Enjoy!

Back-To-School Questions

It’s officially back-to-school time, and families are running down the checklists: School supplies? Check! New shoes? Check! First day photos? Check! Great dinner conversation….?

While parents definitely want details, it can be hard to get past the usual “How did it go?” types of questions. So we’ve compiled this Top 10 List of great conversation starters you can use to get everybody talking about back-to-school:

  • What’s one thing you learned today that you think I might not know?
  • Who are you most excited to see at school? Least excited? Why?
  • If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
  • Think of a project or assignment you really enjoyed. Why did you enjoy it?
  • If you could make the rules at school, what would your top 3 rules be?
  • Tell me about what lunch (or recess) was like today.
  • What motivates you to work hard at school? What doesn’t motivate you, and how can we change it?
  • If you could take a class in anything, what would it be?
  • Who is the best teacher you have this year (or have ever had)? What makes them a great teacher?
  • What makes you feel good about yourself when you’re at school?

Thank you FamilyDinnerProject.ORG!

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50 Questions

Click here to access the FULL list of After School Questions!

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Youth Code Jam Registration

Click here to register for the 7th Annual San Antonio Youth Code Jam Community-Wide Jam

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Special Reach Back to School Bash

Exclusively for children with developmental delays ages 6 to 18 years old and their siblings ages 5 and up.

Date: Friday, August 24th

Time: 6:30 p.m.--9:30 p.m.

Location: Morgan's Wonderland Event Center

Fee: $20 per child with special needs and $10 per sibling.

Register HERE

For more information, click HERE.

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