It’s hard to believe but it is that time of year again. Today children all over the area put on their new backpacks and shoes and boarded the busses all over town to head back to school. While you may have most things on your list done, you might want to check out these resources to help you and your family make this a great school year.  

  • If you are new to the area or just in need of information on the schools in your area visit Des Monines Public Schools and Great Schools. It is a valuable resource for parents with children in grades K-12.
  • Parent involvement is crucial in your child's success at school. It is a prominent focus of the PTA Web site, and also is featured in the Parent and Community section of the National Education Association Web site. The NEA represents teachers across the country. Parents of middle-schoolers might be especially interested in Bridging the Homework Divide, an NEA publication available for download.
  • Update your child’s emergency ID kit.  The next time you are at a community festival or expo and you walk by a booth with your local law enforcement agency offering child identification kits, take the time to do one for your child.  If you haven’t seen one you can do the following: to inquire about a child identification kit check with your local Sheriff's Office or contact the local crime stoppers.
  • Check out the FREE page on the federal Department of Education. In this case, FREE is an acronym for Free Resources for Educational Excellence, a guide to information on a wide range of topics compiled by many agencies and organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation. The site could be particularly helpful with some of those pesky homework assignments.

It can be difficult transitioning from sleeping in and days at the pool to getting up early and homework. These resources can help make the transition easier and help get everyone prepared and focused. Make it a great and successful school year!