The end of summer vacation has arrived, and the first day of school has come and gone. Parents have been spending a lot of time getting into the swing of things for the return to school. Whether it is buying new school supplies, getting a haircut, or an end-of-summer outing, the signs around us are all pointing toward the start of school. Getting ready for school and having a smooth transition from the carefree summer to an academically driven schedule is on the minds of many parents. We’ve put together a few tips that might help you and your family prepare for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. Establish bedtimes and wake-up times more than just a few days before the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family. With this preparation, no one will go flying out the door forgetting their lunch or even their left shoe!

Get to know your students new teachers. We will be having a Back to School Night, August 21, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, so everyone can ease into the transition of the new school year. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with teachers.

Organize clothing. We require students to adhere to our uniformed dress code. Solid-color polo shirts in the school colors: red (not maroon), white, or navy blue can be worn. Students are encouraged to wear a Heritage polo shirt which can be purchased from the office for $12 each. Slacks, shorts, jumpers, capri pants, and skirts in khaki or navy blue are acceptable (no other “bottom” colors are permitted). Uniforms should not be either excessively baggy or too tight.

Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days. Don’t forget the water bottle, too.

Make an allergy list and update medical records. According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies affect one in every 13 children (under 18 years of age). That’s roughly two in every classroom across the nation! Make sure teachers and our health clerk have a complete list of any food allergies your child has. Also make sure that all emergency contacts and medical records are up to date.

There are many more preparations parents are likely making to prepare our Heritage Elementary School Glendale students. These five tips will help get the school year off to a beneficial start. We look forward to another wonderful and successful year at Heritage Glendale!