With primary orientations slated for next week, many parents are wondering what steps they need to take to prepare their child for the start of the school year. Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center will hold their orientation on Monday, August 29 while Benjamin Banneker, Lulu M. Ross, and Mispillion Elementary Schools will hold their orientation on Tuesday, August 30.
“Schools will notify parents of specific times when they should bring their child for orientation,” said Trish Gerken, director of public information for the Milford School District. “Any parent who has not received their information should contact the main office of their child’s school.”
Gerken explained that one of the best ways to prepare a child for the start of school is to attend welcome events before the start of the school year. At orientation and meet-the-teacher events, students and parents can explore the school, find their classroom, meet their teacher, and get any information they might need before school starts. It also gives families the opportunity to meet other school staff, such as office staff, directors and child nutrition staff.
“You can also help prepare your children by helping them adopt a bedtime routine that’s consistent with the school year,” Gerken says. “We encourage families to start anticipating their children’s bedtimes and, for children who have become accustomed to sleeping in during the summer, to start waking them up slowly half an hour earlier each morning. until they reach the time they will need to get up on a school day. Getting into the breakfast and lunch routine each day is also important. This school year, we will again be offering a small -free breakfast and lunch to our students each school day.We also strongly encourage students to read each day as preparation for the school year and a great way to ensure they continue to practice their skills. playing board games or asking kids to help with household chores can be fun ways to practice math facts while staying mentally sharp.
For the first day of school, Gerken explained that primary school children will need a backpack and, if they are packing lunch, a box lunch. The district will cover other general supply needs, but if additional supplies are needed, the child’s teacher will contact the parents. In most cases, supply lists are not necessary.
“Any family that needs to change their child’s transportation should contact the transportation department or main office where the child is registered as soon as possible,” Gerken said. “First day transportation cannot be guaranteed for any changes made after August 18. This date is to ensure that contractors and drivers have the time necessary to prepare routes and safely transport all students. As always, we will try to make changes to student transportation assignments as quickly as possible. Updated transportation information will be available on the district’s website beginning August 25.
Gerken reminded parents that students should be at the bus stop 15 minutes earlier the first few days until habits are set. They ask parents to be patient with pick-up and drop-off times during the first week of school, as times may vary as traffic changes and students become familiar with the route. If a child misses the bus, parents should contact the school, and if they miss the bus for more than two days, they should contact the transportation office by calling 302-424-6476 or emailing [email protected]. When you call, be sure to spell the child’s name and whether you call or email, state which school the child attends, bus number and any other details.
“There have been no major changes to the dress code from last year at this time, although the dress code will be reviewed this school year to ensure the policy is appropriate and fair for our students. and our families,” Gerken said. “Families are encouraged to contact our schools with any questions or needs they may have regarding our policy.”
The first day for all students is August 31. Parents can view the dress code policy at https://www.milfordschooldistrict.org/learning-in-msd/student-life/dress-code-policy. The telephone numbers for each elementary school are: Morris – 302-422-1650; Banneker – 302-422-1630; Ross – 302-422-1640 and Mispillion 302-424-5800.