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11 August . 2019

Tips For Moving Kids to a New School

Transitioning to life in Estrella is an exciting experience. You have a new home to decorate, fresh amenities to explore, and plenty of neighbors to meet. For the kiddos, moving to a new home might also mean moving to a new school. Kids often look forward to the change, but it’s common to be a little nervous for the first day. We put together a list of things to consider if your child is joining a new school this fall. 

Meet New Families
To help break the ice, get to know other families who have kids attending the same school. It’ll be helpful for your child to know some of their new classmates and even have a friend or two before day one. Estrella residents can check out local events and other fun happenings going on in the community to meet new people. Consider spending some of your final summer days at one of our residents clubs. Presidio’s splash pad and Starpointe’s StarSplash WaterPark are enjoyed by families throughout our community.

Get the Supply List
One way to ease your child’s nerves before the first day is to get a head start on school supply shopping. Picking out fresh supplies is a fun way to get excited about the new year ahead and be prepped. All of Estrella’s schools, Westar Elementary, Estrella Mountain Elementary, and Estrella Foothills High School, have their respective supply lists posted online so you know exactly what your child needs to bring.

Without traveling far from Estrella, there are plenty of nearby places where you and your child can find everything they need for back to school shopping. A few popular locations include Super Target down the hill on Cotton Lane, Walgreens and Safeway located inside Mountain Ranch Marketplace, and Walmart off the I-10 and Estrella Parkway.

Visit the School
If your child is starting at a new school, chances are they’re worried about getting lost the first few days. Before the semester begins, visit your school and get the lay of the land. Take your child to their new classroom and see if it’s possible to meet the teacher. Check out the cafeteria, gymnasium, and playground and consider walking the route from the drop-off location to the classroom a few times. When day one rolls around, your child will be a seasoned pro.

Encourage Involvement
Get your child acclimated to their new school by encouraging involvement in extracurriculars. Not only is it easy to make new friends through common interests, but being part of a club or team is a quick way to feel included in the community. Both Westar and Estrella Mountain offer many youth sports and after-school clubs. For high school students, Estrella Foothills offers a variety of extracurriculars in fine arts, sports, and academics. If your child is interested in computers or engineering, check out the high school’s award-winning robotics club.

Follow these tips and your new school will feel like home in no time. For even more helpful tips and school information, check out our Back to School in Estrella blog. To learn more about Estrella and how you can get involved in the community, visit Estrella.com