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5 Tips for a Smooth Start to the School Year

As a child, I wasn’t thrilled when the end of summer vacation ushered in earlier bedtimes, earlier wake-up times and, of course, homework. I also remember experiencing anxiety over who my teachers would be and whether I would know anyone in my classes.

But a new school year also meant the chance to catch up with friends and do one of my favorite things: shopping for school supplies, which I enjoyed doing with my own children when they were in school. Your child might have the same mixed feelings about the start of the school year.


Here are five simple tips to help your child easily transition back to school.


1. Get excited!

You are your child’s most important teacher. If you’re not excited about school, they probably won’t be either. Share fun memories from your teachers and classmates. Talk about one of your family’s back-to-school traditions. Maybe you can share this tradition or start a new one.


2. Ease their nerves.

It is completely normal for your child to have jumbled-up emotions about going back to school. You can ease their nerves by arranging a visit to the school. Show them their new classroom and let them meet their teacher.


3. Go shopping together.

Allow your child to choose some school supplies on their own. A Disney backpack or a superhero lunch box can go a long way toward making them feel comfortable and confident.


4. Establish a routine.

Inclement weather. Traffic jams. Faulty alarm clocks. A solid routine is your best defense against the stress that comes with running behind. Figure out what time everyone needs to get up, eat breakfast, brush their teeth and get dressed. Identify the most efficient route to school, and consider alternate routes in case you need them.


5. Make the first morning memorable.

If you’ve followed the first four tips, you can rest easy knowing your child is prepared to start the school year. All that’s left now is to make that first morning memorable. Have breakfast together. Chat. Smile. Pray together about the year, for the friends they’ll make and for their teachers. Speak encouragement over your child, reminding them that they are brave, kind and loved. If this is your child’s first year in school, it’s okay to cry. Just save the tears until you get back in your car!


About the Author

Brenda Burdick has 33 years’ education experience. She spent 15 years molding young minds as a teacher for grades one through eight and as a lead English teacher in middle school. She also brings 22 years’ administrative experience as an assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and director of admissions. Today, Brenda serves as Director of Christian School Expansion and Ops at Upbring. She and her teams at Upbring School of Arts and Sciences Central Austin and Upbring School of Discovery and Leadership are excited to welcome students back to school!

Our Story

The following feedback was shared by parents during spring 2018 at Upbring School of Arts and Science. Our story is an amalgamation of their stories. Our families are why we do what we do.

Sarah’s story

We found out about Upbring School of Arts and Science (USAS) through our neighborhood Listerv from a parent whose children attend the school. She raved about the teachers and the close attention that was paid to the children. Our son had already been in one preschool, but we did not feel he was being challenged enough. USAS teachers pay a lot of attention to detail and are in contact with the parents on a daily basis on how the child did that day and what they learned. The communication is amazing and helps us reinforce what he learns at school.

Our favorite things about USAS are the STEM curriculum from Rice University, the communication with parents on what the child is learning each day, and the one-on-one attention the children receive. Since starting at USAS, our son has had a lot of learning by doing and is very excited about what he learns at school. Every day when I ask my son how his day was, he answers, “It was amazing” and then goes on to tell me all the things he did that day.

Sarah (parenting a 12-month-old student and 4-year-old student)

Caroline’s story 

We were scrambling for daycare when our previous provider closed abruptly. With such long wait lists in Central Austin, we struggled to find a school that could enroll us in time, much less be a good fit for our family. That’s when we discovered that Upbring was about to open a classroom for our daughter’s age group. Touring and meeting with the staff gave us an immediate sense of relief. The classrooms, the playground and the gymnasium were so spacious and inviting. We knew that not only had we found a solution, we’d found a home.

Caroline (parenting an 18-month-old student)

Shelli’s story

Through recommendations on a neighborhood Facebook group, we came to know of Upbring School of Arts and Science (USAS). It was very important for us to find the right school for our child. We first noticed how friendly everyone was and the low teacher-to-child ratios. We enjoy the friendliness of the community and the daily communication from the teaching staff. They are very conscious about sharing information about transitions and changes that occur.

Our daughter is rather shy, but she warmed up to Ms. Lindsey right away! After just a few short weeks, she was already speaking up in class and playing and talking with her peers! Just the other day, after picking up our daughter from school, she informed me that I am her mama at home, but her teacher, Ms. Lindsey, is her mama at school. 🙂

Shelli (parenting a 3-year-old student)

Angie’s story

It is time for a moment of honesty. Because we are not in a rush to find a day school for our son, we have taken school/care center visits seriously. We’ve visited five other area locations and considered a nanny-share. We have walked away and been okay with our son being at those schools/care centers, but we’ve not been to a place where everything clicked – until today. When we walked out of your door, following the tour, we were like, “This is The One!!!” We love Upbring School of Arts and Science. You all are amazing. So friendly. So questioning. So loving. So growth- focused. We are incredibly excited to be part of the Upbring community.

Angie (parenting an 2-year-old)

Nadia’s story

Every day on my drive to work, I pass Upbring School of Arts and Science (USAS). Our son started attending when the school was Saint Paul. Finding the right school has helped Greyson learn many things he would not have learned in other schools. At USAS, he has learned many science facts like which animals migrate and hibernate. The small class size gives him a lot of attention from Ms. Leigh, as well as close connections to his peers.

Other things we like are the weekly chapel services, the safe and the controlled environment, including key entry. We also appreciate the communication from the staff and my son’s teacher, like the text messages that let me know what he learned that day so I can talk to him about it after school.

We have noticed positive results of our son’s attendance. He has shown calmer, more focused behavior at home, which is better for us all.

Nadia (parent of 5-year-old)