Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Back-to-school tipsSummer is over and school is officially in session! Here are some back-to-school tips to ensure that your child’s school year proceeds smoothly.

Plan healthy meals and snacks. Be sure your child gets breakfast before the morning school bell rings, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For lunch and snacks, make sure your child has a combination of protein, fruits, and vegetables to give them energy to last throughout the school day.

Meet the teacher(s). Attend open houses and orientations, and make personal contact with each of your child’s teachers sooner rather than later to let them know you are involved in your child’s education and eager to stay connected with them.

Set up a routine. Routines help everyone stay on track, including you as a parent. In addition to night and morning routines, have an after-school routine as well. Consider allowing for a little bit of playtime before getting started on homework or beginning after-school activities. Most importantly, make sure your child gets some rest between activities and plenty of sleep at night.

Bullying. Talk to your child about the right course of action to take when he or she encounters bullying at or outside of school, whether it’s physical, verbal, or cyber-bullying. For more resources about bullying, click here.

Safety. Make sure your child gets to school safely. If they bike, make sure they wear a helmet. If they walk, remind them “Head up, phone down” to keep aware of their surroundings.


San Jose Unified School District’s Community Meeting in Almaden Valley

This is your opportunity to provide input on your child’s education and resetting of SJUSD’s Strategic Plan based on SJUSD’s New Vision and Mission.

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and the SJUSD Board of Education are seeking input on what 21st century skills students should be able to know and do in order to be a productive member of a global society.

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Mad Science After School Programs in Almaden Valley

Mad ScienceMad Science®, the world’s leading science enrichment provider, is on a mission to spark the imagination and curiosity of children in grades K-5. Mad Science is providing fun, interactive, and educational after school programs Almaden Valley. These programs are designed to instill a clear understanding of what science is really about and how it affects our world.

Mad Science is holding after school programs at Williams Elementary School, Challenger School, and Los Alamitos Elementary School. The programs offered in Almaden Valley include Earth, Wind, Inspire and Movin’ & Groovin’, and begin in early April 2010 and end in late May 2010. (Dates and times vary from school to school.)

Save $36 (27%) if you register by March 23, 2010.

Read more about the programs and register online.

College Planning Seminar in Almaden Valley

Campus PathwayHigh school parents and high school juniors and seniors are invited to a free college planning seminar titled, “How to Choose the Best College for Your Student and Your Pocketbook.” You will learn how many families have found ways for their children to attend the best colleges without wiping out their wealth. The speaker is Jeffrey Morrison, Principal of Campus Pathway, a college consultancy focused on helping families find, select, and afford the best college education possible for their children. The seminar is being held at the Almaden Community Center on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 7-9pm. A reservation is required. You can register online.

Open Enrollment and Open House for Challenger School in Almaden

Open enrollment for Challenger School in Almaden Valley begins February 1, 2010. Open house schedule: Saturday, February 6, 2010, 9am-12pm; Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 9am-2pm; Thursday, February 18, 2010, 9am-7pm. More:

Mixing in Math at Almaden Library

Mixing in Math at Almaden Library. Math games and activities for children ages 5 & up. 1/15/2010, 3:30-4:15 PM. More:

Campus Tour of Holy Spirit School

Campus Tour of Holy Spirit School in Almaden Valley. 1/7/2010 & 1/21/2010, 3:15 – 3:45 pm. Call for appointment. More:

Open house at Almaden Country School

Open house for prospective students at Almaden Country School. Saturday, 1/23/2010, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. More:

Challenger School Open House in Almaden Valley

Challenger School Open House Almaden Valley. 1/7/2010 9am-2pm, 1/14/2010 9am-7pm, 1/21/2010 9am-2pm, 2/6/2010 9am-12pm.