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Another summer ending and school year beginning

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I don’t really think of summer ending as much as I think of school beginning. Some of the nicest days of the year take place in September. Still, that’s not very helpful for the kids, teachers, and parents, all of whom have to return to normal routines in spite of many holidays that, in New York, disrupt the beginning of classes. With the beautiful weather it’s often difficult to get in the groove, but somehow by the end of the month it all falls into line.

This issue has some good articles and thoughtful columns helpful for every Back to School student and family.

Being the “new kid” at school is tough. I myself know that. I was ten years old when we moved from one city to another. It really helps to do some prep work, and our writer Cassi Denari has given us some helpful suggestions as to how to prepare for that day. The more familiar your child is with the new environment and the layout, the better the transition will be. If this applies to your family or someone you know, please be sure to read.

Saying good-bye on the first day is often tough. Separation anxiety is no joke. Many times I’ve written about leaving my daughter at preschool and standing out on the sidewalk weeping. She was fine, I was a wreck! Randi Goldfarb addresses this common issue with helpful tips for easing the experience. Homework! Ugh! Denise Yearian gives us a number of essential tips to establish successful routines to make homework happen, without the battles. Every family can use help in this department. So many distractions and busy days make getting homework done in a timely manner often daunting. It’s important to establish routines that aid the process towards success.

There are also columns on food, first-aid, recording treasured moments, college savings; a lot of great information.

We’ve also show you some options for great out-of-school activities in your area. So many good possibilities for kids and parents to choose from. We have exciting opportunities in this vibrant city of ours. Take advantage of them for your kids.

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday and the beginning of this new school year. If you celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days, Shana Tova! All the best.

Thanks for reading!

Susan Weiss-Voskidis, Publisher

Posted 12:00 am, September 1, 2018
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