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    Back to School

    As with any new or potentially unsettling situation — like starting school for the first time or entering a new grade or new school — allow kids time to adjust. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will all become an everyday routine in no time.

    Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, getting involved in sports and other activities.

    It’s also important to talk to kids about what worries them and offer reassurance: Are they afraid they won’t make new friends or get along with their teachers? Is the thought of schoolwork stressing them out? Are they worried about the bully from last year?

    Consider adjusting your own schedule to make the transition smoother. If possible, it’s especially beneficial for parents to be home at the end of the school day for the first week. But many working moms and dads just don’t have that flexibility. Instead, try to arrange your evenings so you can give kids as much time as they need, especially during those first few days.

    If your child is starting a new school, contact the school before the first day to arrange a visit. And ask if your child can be paired up with another student, or “buddy,” and if you can be connected with other new parents. This will help both of you with the adjustment to new people and surroundings. Some schools give kids maps to use until things become more familiar.

    To help ease back-to-school butterflies, try to transition kids into a consistent school-night routine a few weeks before school starts. Also make sure that they:

    • get enough sleep (establish a reasonable bedtime so that they’ll be well-rested and ready to learn in the morning)
    • eat a healthy breakfast (they’re more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every day)
    • write down the need-to-know info to help them remember details such as their locker combination, what time classes and lunch start and end, their homeroom and classroom numbers, teachers’ and/or bus drivers’ names, etc.
    • use a wall calendar or personal planner to record when assignments are due, tests will be given, extracurricular practices and rehearsals will be held, etc.
    • have them organize and set out what they need the night before (homework and books should be put in their backpacks by the door and clothes should be laid out in their bedrooms)
    • Although it’s normal to be anxious in any new situation, a few kids develop real physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, associated with the start of school. If you’re concerned that your child’s worries go beyond the normal back-to-school jitters, speak with your child’s doctor, teacher, or school counselor.

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    Good Shepherd Academy (GSA) is a Christian-based not for profit private entity, and an affiliate of Good Shepherd Foundation, South Sudan along with the College and Seminary and The Christian Times, newspaper. Founded in 2013, with its beautiful facility located in Gumbo Sherikat in Juba, the academy has the capacity to accommodate more than 300 students. The academy aims to provide affordable and quality Christian-based education with extra commitment for emergency education to the displaced children in Juba. GSA enrolls all children from ages 4. Currently, the academy is offering education to 396 kids enrolled for three nursery classes and four classes for primary section up to standard six (6).