New hallways, new teachers and sometimes, a new school. Going back to school can mean a ton of jitters and a brain swimming with new information. How can a student keep it all straight? 

Thanks to our previously nominated DCL Teachers of the Month, we’ve gotten some advice straight from the teachers’ desks. What you do with it, well, that’s up to you. Check out what our esteemed teachers had to say:

The City of Tuscaloosa is temporarily extending some service hours and tactically placing additional resources like dumpsters to meet increased demand as area college students return for the fall semester.

Now that summer is coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of school. If your child has been accepted into the Head Start/Early Head Start program in your community, the first day of school is approaching fast. 

While most people are thinking about vacation this time of year, the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is in full swing, working hard to raise funds for 2,000 plus city and county preregistered students in need of backpacks and required school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.

 Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is currently holding its annual school supply drive, collecting school supplies for students in need.

Teacher Karen Lathram and her second grade class.

 

Student Leslie Martinez prepares to start her Kindergarten year.

 

 

 

Sixth grade students in Jennifer Mitchell's class listen to directions.

Photos: Laurie Mitchell

By Tori Linville

 

Back to school isn’t just about backpacks and new classes. It’s the one time of year that a student’s immune system is re-exposed to millions of germs after a three month break. It’s back to the cafeteria for school lunches instead of food at home. It’s back absent-mindedly touching doorknobs and noses. If you’re not too grossed out, here are some reminders and tips to helping the transition from home to school easier on the whole family.

 

Stress the importance of common sense when spreading germs, meaning:

 

·      Washing hands after using the restroom to reduce the spread of sickness. For little ones, reminding them to wash their hands through the duration of the Happy Birthday song two times in their heads can be a helpful tip.

 

·      Cover mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing

 

·      Keep hands away from eyes and mouth

 

·      Regularly use hand sanitizers and disinfectants, especially after touching eyes, mouth, keyboards, community tools such as scissors, etc.

 

·      Don’t share food, drink or personal items with classmates in order to reduce illness and other possible contagions

 

·      Double check for possible sicknesses before arranging any play dates or sleepovers

 

·      Pack a lunch complete with more whole grains, fruits and veggies. Low-fat dairy products and low-sodium and low-fat choices are best along with portion control to make a healthy meal

 

·      Ensure plenty of exercise and sleep for a healthy body

 

 

Some products that are backpack and pocket-friendly and can help slow down sickness include:

 

·      Pocket sized Germ-X

·      Personal Tissue Packs

·      Tea Tree Oil (to prevent lice)

·      Sanitizing Wipes

·      Vitamin C Drink (or drink mix)

 

Photo Credit: Barterco.com

 

Article sponsored by Med Center Urgent Care.

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By Tori Linville

 

The smell of pencils and excitement will soon fill the air for students and summer break will end. This doesn’t have to mean the end of fun altogether, as some would have you believe. Back to school shindigs to celebrate the coming of a new school year are the perfect re-introduction to academia that will have your guests ready to go. We’ve scoured blog after blog for some of the best back to school party ideas so you don’t have to. The simple, must-have ideas are below, with more resources and how-tos for your unforgettable celebration!

 

·      Create a cute tablescape that ties into your theme

 

Glue a some felt leaves onto a red plate to make an apple plate. Throw in a cute table runner to add. See how Spaceships and Laserbeams rocked these ideas.

 

Feature a centerpiece with composition books as a platform, pencils as the flowers.

 

·      Add some back-to-school inspired edibles

 

Some created their own custom cookies that look like chalkboards, pencils and more. Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish are perfect snacks or even some alphabet cupcakes could do the trick. Checkout these ideas in action at Pizzazzerie.

 

·      Handout some crafty invites

 

Stun all your guests with your craftiness before the party even starts. Using file folders like this blog did will stand out as thoughtful and will list everything they need to know. If you’re not feeling like going the extra mile, that’s okay too. They have free, printable invitations anyway that will work in a snap.

 

Checkout these diy invites that are also free and printable. While they are pretty specific, you can use them your own way for your own invites. Additional supplies such as stickers, note cards and more are also available.

 

For a back to school party with a bookworm theme, check out the party courtesy of Giggles Galore. Or for another full-fledged party scheme to follow, visit this blog for ideas too.

 

Article sponsored by Tuscaloosa Tire and Service Center.

Find them on the web at: http://tuscaloosatireandservice.com

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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