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It’s that time of year when students and teachers get ready for back to school. Many districts open their doors to welcome students and parents before school actually starts. For a new teacher, this can be a bit intimidating. You only make a first impression once!

Dress to Impress– What you wear makes a statement. A nicely ironed outfit goes a long way!

Information Packet- Have parents fill out paperwork about after school plans and contact information.Give any school information and the Big Universe Welcome Letter (can be found in Administrative Settings).

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Post Rules– Organize your classroom with friendly posters explaining rules and expectations.

Possible Activities– Plan ahead what you will say after the initial greeting. Invite them to do any of the following:

  • Scavenger hunt around school
  • Find their desk/locker
  • Drop off and organize school supplies
  • Direct parents and students to the PTA booth. Our district PTA plans a back to school bbq the same evening to encourage membership!
  • Invite parents and students to explore the classroom.
  • Show possible resources on a computer, to get students excited about school!


From the publisher, “Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. First Day Jitters is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has every anticipated a first day of school.”
From the publisher, “Children who are just starting school will love this peek at the activities that children do in class. Repetitive text structure and close picture-to-text match help children relate to such familiar activities as playing, counting, painting, and listening to stories and music. Children will agree that school is a fun place to be!”


You’re off to a great start! We hope you have a fabulous school year!





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