Friday, August 22, 2014
Hello and welcome to a new year!!
I hope you had a wonderful summer!
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of students this Monday, August 25th. We are looking forward to a new year that will bring new challenges to overcome as well as successes to celebrate. With the start of a new year, he first thing that comes to my mind is student anxiety. It can be tough to come back to school after a long and fun summer! The schedule can be long and tiring, the work can be challenging, the friend groups are changing--it's no wonder our students can get so nervous!
A little preparation before the big day can go a long way in easing your child's transition back to school. It is important to be honest with your children and tell them you will miss them too -- and that they will like school because it will give them new and exciting experiences. Be empathetic, be compassionate and be firm. Nurture your children, meet their needs and be reliable. You can't spoil your children with love. (adapted from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/backtoschool-preparation-tips_b_3654582.html).
If you find that your child is experiencing symptoms beyond the usual first day jitters, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or myself for support. We want the school experience to be a positive and successful one!
Thank you and I am looking forward to working with you all!!
Jamie Impastato, LSW