It’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to a close. And I find it hard to believe that I am already talking about organizing the end of the school year. This one seemed eternally long because of all the missed days because of snow, ice, and obscenely low temperatures.
Days off were taken away or moved, activities cancelled in order to prepare for standardized testing(Which I do not agree with, but that is a whole other can of worms that I am not prepared to open at this time.
Right now, the kids are so stir-crazy that they could care less about a few housekeeping items associated with the end of school. So it is parents to the rescue, just this once. If you look into these couple of things now, it will save you a ton of headaches the last day, especially if you are leaving for vacation the following day.
Organizing The End Of The School Year
- Check for overdue library books/reference materials. Find them, inspect them, take them back, and pay any fines. Then check it off the list.
- Check lunch accounts. Our school will not release a students report card until their lunch account is balanced. If you owe money, take care of it immediately! Put two checks next to that one because you are really completing two tasks in one.
- Review final project deadlines with your kids. Make sure you have needed supplies to finish an projects, and keep extras on hand.
- Check the online grade book for any missing assignments, and tell your student to have it taken care of…….NOW.
- Contact the nurse’s office to triple check what the health requirements are for the following year. Get necessary forms, and schedule those needed appointments.
- Set up a phone call or appointment with the guidance counselor to make sure that your son or daughter is signed up for the correct classes for the following year. And double-check it against the graduation requirements.
- Have your student start to bring home unneeded supplies, including those 5 pairs of gym shorts that have probably been festering for the past 4 months.
It may not seem like much, but these few simple steps will ensure an easy end to one year, and a smooth transition into the next. What tips do you have?