Class Notes: Let’s start off the new school year right

Here we are on the eve of the dawning of the 2011-2012 school year – an exciting time. These last couple days before school doors swing wide open once again, we want to share some “words of wisdom” gathered from our conversations with a few of our veteran Collier County educators:

• This weekend: Get back into school routines if you haven’t already. Be sure your child returns to the “school year” sleeping schedule, and be sure he or she goes to bed early enough Sunday to get a good night’s sleep. Also Sunday evening, be sure clothes are picked out and maybe even laid out, and have book bags or backpacks ready and near the door.

• Monday morning: Have your son or daughter eat a good breakfast at home, or keep in mind that a healthy breakfast is his or hers for the asking – totally free – at school once again this year.

• Monday evening: Be sure to talk about the first day. You’ll want to hear the good news and the not-so-good in case there’s a problem you can help with. As you know, probing questions are best – for example, “Tell me one thing you learned that’s new or interesting today.”

• Finally, those big yellow taxis haven’t been on our streets in weeks. Our law enforcement friends remind us that with school buses added to the traffic mix, and more cars, we’ll want to allow a bit more time to get around. And please don’t leave those kindergarteners at the bus stop unattended.

One more thing, something I really hate to bring up so as not to jinx us – but, should bad weather threaten the operation of our schools, please make note of the information sources to turn to for the latest in school information direct from the district office. You may call our Emergency Information Hotline at 888.994.NEWS (6397) for frequent updates in English, Spanish and Creole. Or go to our home page at, or watch the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99. And something new this year, there’s a Hurricane Resources page posted year-round that’s chock full of helpful info.

So we wish you a safe, happy and successful new school year.

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Joe Landon is the executive director of the Communications Services department for the Collier County School District.

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