Tips for an Easy Transition

Sending your child to a new school (or back to school after summer break) can feel overwhelming to kids and parents. Follow these tips to help ease the transition.

Before School Starts

  • Set a routine for walking, eating breakfast, and dressing, going to bed and sleeping.

  • Help your child express his/her feelings (happy, scared, sad, etc.) and encourage him/her to let you know how he/she feels about starting at Brentwood.

  • Take your child to visit the campus. Show them the route to take from the classroom to the cafeteria, to the bathroom, etc. Pro tip: Visit the playgrounds!

  • Remind your child that Brentwood knows how to get in touch with you.

  • Feel confident about your choice of Brentwood and let your child know how you feel.

  • Shop for practical clothing that your child can manage alone. Shop for school supplies including a large backpack with your child’s name on it.

  • Make sure the transportation plans to and from school are clear to your child and his/her teacher. Notify your child’s teacher in writing if there is any change.

  • Send a favorite healthy snack - but no toys.

Once School Starts

  • Review your expectations and prioritize them.

  • Each teacher will send home important information in your child’s backpack. Please read this information carefully.

  • Try to be accessible to your child’s teacher.