School Days, School DaysBack to school time can be some of the most exciting and stressful times of the year. From the kid side you get to see friends again, maybe start at a new and unknown place, new clothes and binders – oh, my! From the parent side, it is the “return of the routine.” Running with your kids (and breaking up bickering) all summer is great but so is the reliability of bedtime and knowing how to schedule each day. On the other side of that, now you have to prep to make sure backpacks are ready and lunches are made and kids are in bed on time. So, as they said in the eighties, “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have. The facts of life,…” And, that’s it we’re all just aiming for that sweet spot of just enough and not too much. In an effort to be a very useful website here is your 2018-2019 Guide for heading back to school in Houston!
- When to Go, Registration, and Immunizations
- Return of the Routine
- Top Nine Back to School Tips
- Things College Students Need…and, 5 to Skip
- Aldine ISD – August 20th
- Alief ISD - August 15th
- Alief Community Health Fair – August 4th, free immunizations
- Conroe ISD - August 15th
- Cypress-Fairbanks ISD – August 27th
- Back-to-School Expo, August 18th, immunizations
- Deer Park ISD – August 20th
- Fort Bend ISD – August 15th
- Galena Park ISD – August 22nd
- District Immunization Day – August 11th, free immunizations
- HISD – August 27th
- Humble ISD - August 20th
- Katy ISD – August 15th
- Harris County Precinct 3 Immunization Opportunities, multiple dates and locations across Fort Bend and Katy, July 28th and Aug. 2, 3, 6, 10, 13, 15, &17
- Klein ISD - August 20th
- Magnolia ISD - August 20th
- New Caney ISD - August 20th
- Pasadena ISD - August 21st (Freshman August 17th)
- Sheldon ISD - August 21st
- Spring ISD - August 15th
- Spring Branch ISD – August 16th
- Tomball ISD – August 21st
Registration & ImmunizationsYou will feel better having all of this done in advance, but not to worry your school district has to take your kiddo even if you roll in on the first day of school (or the 13th). The benefits of early registration are many. First, the school will be ready for your child. Meaning they will have had time to get records in order and put them in the best environment for their back to school success. When you show up after school has started your child will likely just be put in a class until all that is sorted out. Which, means if many people are doing this (and they do) that the first week or so of school can see some bloated classes which leads to a downtime in teaching and activities and stressed teachers (you would be a little stressed too if your class kept getting interrupted and eventually you had more students than desks).
To enroll most schools will require you to bring:
- Proof of your child’s age and identity (birth certificate & Social Security Card),
- Proof of your identity and residential address (driver’s license and utility bill), and
- A record of your child’s current immunizations signed by a doctor (many schools will let you enroll and give you a 30-day window to get these done).
- If transferring a transcript or report card from last school attended.
Supply ResourcesIf you need a little help with school supplies this year, check out a couple of these options:
- Mayor’s Back to School Fest – Saturday, August 11th (registration required)
- NAM Back to School Project - August 4-6, 2018 (must preregister AND live in 77014, 77032, 77038, 77050, 77060, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77073, 77086, 77090, 77379, 77388, 77389 – Students who attend Klein ISD but live outside of the zip codes listed must show proof of enrollment in a Klein ISD school)
- Texas Children’s Sponsored Event, Almeda Mall – July 28, 2018
- HISD Community Resource Guide
- Sheldon ISD Royalwood Church Back 2 School Weekend – August 19th
Texas Sales Tax Holiday
- Shop from August 10-12th, 2018
- Check with your district to make sure there are not any new rules to be aware of. For instance, Cy-Fair ISD is now requiring students in grades 6-12 to use clear backpacks.
- The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes.
Fun & Useful SuppliesAfter you get those items if you have some room in the budget these were the most fun and/or useful and unique school supplies we found for this school year. Does anyone else like the smell of pencils in August?
- Decorative Correction Tape...whiteout is so boring these tapes are so cute!
- Erasable Gel Pens...like, really erasable and with a nice glide (you pen lovers know what I mean) and the eraser never runs out or leaves little squidgy eraser noodles all over your paper!
- Fidget Ring - far more inconspicuous than a spinner, just as satisfying (for girls too!)
- Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer – this is super cool, originally designed to keep cords and whatnot it could be used for loads of things and it’s about the size of an iPad so you could carry it in a backpack or hang it in a locker easy peasy.
- Customizable Allergy Wristband – better safe than relying on a page in a file!
- No Tie Flat Shoelaces
- No-Iron Clothing Labels – these are great, they are washer and dryer safe and you can just write on them with a permanent marker and stick them on.
recommend school-aged children get 9-11 hours of sleep. Teenagers need 8-10 hours. And, everyone needs at least 7 hours. Which means bedtime for the average elementary aged child should be around 8 pm. This can be hard because sunset is usually after that, but it is definitely better than a morning fusspot. A couple of weeks is ideal to learn a new routine but even a few days will help out. Get back in the habit of waking kids up, getting dressed (as opposed to lounging in jammies all morning), and eating a healthful breakfast. And, remember, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Kids can be taught to get their backpacks ready, dress themselves, eat breakfast, and even fix their own lunches (yes, really). If all this seems overwhelming and too much prep you can always homeschool! (Spoiler alert: routines still help and there’s organization required there too!)