Parents often call it “the most wonderful time of the year”. Their kids are excited too, albeit for different reasons. The beginning of a new school year is full of promise and opportunity. It’s a fresh start. It’s a chance to learn new things and make new friends. As the summer closes, a whole host of new experiences lies ahead.
It’s also time for all of us to pay close attention when driving. Excited students can sometimes be forgetful when it comes to pedestrian safety. Give yourself a bit of extra time in the morning, watch for school zones and if you’re part of the morning drop-off team, pack some extra patience along with the kids’ lunches.
For both first timers and returning students, there can also be significant anxiety associated with this time of year. As parents, we always need to provide a supportive environment in which our children can feel comfortable talking about their feelings. It’s especially important at a time when they are surrounded by much happy anticipation and may feel out of place. Have a few extra hugs ready (even for the teen who acts like they aren’t interested).
This year, there is a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff who are in communities affected by wildfires. Some have been displaced and many have experienced loss. In some communities, it will be a struggle just to get the school year started. Your local Red Cross is still in need of donations to help with ongoing support and recovery. Let’s remember those communities in our thoughts and prayers and generously support them with whatever we’re able to give.
Finally, let’s offer a huge thank you to all the teachers, administrators and support staff who have been working diligently through a long hot summer to prepare the lessons, classrooms and supports our students will need this year. They are the main reason British Columbia’s students consistently outperform their peers around the world. Thank you for all you do and have a truly wonderful school year!