July 21, 2021

The Ultimate Back to School Checklist for Grades 6-12

back to school checklist
The back-to-school season is here! It’s that time of the year where we start to see those back-to-school marketing campaigns and various deals on school supplies. During this time, you may feel overwhelmed or lost—and that’s okay! To help get your student prepared for school, we’ve created this checklist to make your back-to-school season a breeze!

1. Get Your Supplies Now

One of the first things you’ll want to do before the first day of school is getting your student’s school supplies. You’ll want to do this sooner rather than later as this is something nearly every parent has to do at pretty much the same time. If the school has yet to provide you with a list of supplies, then you can make one. Be sure to add the following things to your list:

  • Pens and Pencils
  • Backpacks
  • Highlighters
  • Calculators
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Lunchboxes

Whether your student is starting junior high or high school, these are the basic supplies we recommend your student has. Students need the right supplies for a successful school year. Before heading to the store, be sure to look around the house to see if you already have any supplies on your list and save yourself some money.

backpack filled with school supplies

2. Get Organized

Organization is key when it comes to getting ready for school. Here are some things you can do to help you get organized this school year:

  • Mark Your Calendars: When back to school happens, there’s a lot of dates you’ll have to remember. With everything else going on, these things can easily be forgotten. One of the best ways to prevent you from missing those important meetings and dates is to mark them on your phone or Google calendar or set up reminders to help.
  • Keep Forms Together: Every year, parents get bombarded with forms from their children’s schools. From health forms to permission slips, there are a lot of papers that you’ll want to keep just in case. We suggest creating a filing system to keep everything organized and neat. Make sure to print or scan a copy of your signed forms.
  • Get a Schedule in Place: Back to school can throw everyone’s schedule out of whack. Before the first day is here, be sure to set up a schedule for homework, bus rides, and dinner. We suggest using apps like Google Calendar or SavvyCal. Remember that adjusting to a new schedule can be tough for some kids and their families, so just give it time.

3. Readjust into the School Routine Earlier

Routines in the summer are typically more relaxed and adjusting to a new routine isn’t always the easiest thing. To help your student adjust before their first day back, we suggest doing the following one week before school starts:

  • Start Your School Sleep Routine: Be sure to establish any bedtimes or curfews for the school year and stick with them.
  • Plan Out Healthy Breakfast Options: It’s no secret that a healthy breakfast helps the brain function better. Start getting into the routine of eating healthy breakfasts to help your student start the day off right. Start having quick and easy options available like oatmeal and just-crack-an-egg type breakfast meals.
  • Prepare the Night Before: Mornings are already chaotic, help your student get into the routine of preparing things the night before. Such as their backpacks or choosing the outfits they’ll be wearing the next day.

By starting your new routine earlier, you’re less likely to run into any hiccups when the first day of school comes around. It’s important to note that when starting a new routine consistency is key. Keep it up and, eventually, it’ll become the new norm.

Someone marking their calendar

4. Get Involved!

Getting involved with your student’s school is a great way to show them that you are taking an interest in their education. Research studies have shown that parents who are involved in their student’s education are more likely to do better socially and academically. At Providence Hall, we believe that the involvement of parents creates well-rounded students. Here are some ways you can get involved in your child’s education:

  • Attend school events
  • Help with homework
  • Join the PTA
  • Encourage active learning
  • Volunteer

If you’re looking to get more involved with your student’s education here at Providence Hall, we’re always looking for volunteers.

Mother and daughter meeting with a teacher

We’re Ready for School to Start!

We’ve missed all our patriots, and we are excited to see everyone’s smiling faces back at school again. Not currently a Providence Hall student? Be sure to check out our enrollment process or contact us with any questions you may have about your student attending our charter school.

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