As the days grow longer, and there is no longer a nip in the air, most people are ready for the school year to end. From elementary schools to middle schools and those getting ready to graduate, every single student is ready to be done. Today I am sharing tips on how to organize the end of the school year. Some of these tips are geared towards younger students, but I do have a few for those with college student.
Right now, the kids are so stir-crazy that they could care less about a few housekeeping items associated with the end of school. So it is parents to the rescue, just this once. If you look into these couple of things now, it will save you a ton of headaches the last day, especially if you are leaving for vacation the following day.
How To Organize The End Of The School Year: The Basics
These tips will work well for students from Kindergarten to Senior year!
- Check for overdue library books/reference materials. Find them, inspect them, take them back, and pay any fines. Then check it off the list.
- Check lunch accounts. Our school will not release a students report card until their lunch account is balanced. If you owe money, take care of it immediately! Put two checks next to that one because you are really completing two tasks in one.
- Review final project deadlines with your kids. Make sure you have needed supplies to finish an projects, and keep extras on hand.
- Check the online grade book for any missing assignments, and tell your student to have it taken care of…….NOW.
- Contact the nurse’s office to triple check what the health requirements are for the following year. Get necessary forms, and schedule those needed appointments.
- Set up a phone call or appointment with the guidance counselor to make sure that your son or daughter is signed up for the correct classes for the following year. And double-check it against the graduation requirements.
- Have your student start to bring home unneeded supplies, including those 5 pairs of gym shorts that have probably been festering for the past 4 months.
How To Organize The End Of The School Year: For The College Student
I am happy to say that these tips I am sharing are from *gasp* two years of bringing my college student home for the year. You don’t have to worry so much about library books. Scratch that, you actually do, but not in the same way.
- Check to see when textbook rentals are due to be returned. After all, the purpose of the textbook rentals is to save money on textbooks. So you don’t want to end up having to pay the rental fee plus having to buy the textbook because you didn’t return it. At the same time, check to see when there are textbook buy-back days as well. After all, a little money in return is better than none at all.
- Bring stuff home on Spring break. The more the better. Otherwise you will end up stuffed in a little section of the back seat on your way home. Ask me how I know that! If possible, bring at least half of your student’s clothes home. That way, you can start washing them and not be overwhelmed when they bring it home.
- Send cleaning supplies up with them after Spring Break. We all know they won’t use them, but you will at least have them there when it is time to clean before leaving the dorm. Saves you a trip to a local store to buy some when you just want to pack up and head home.
- Make sure financials are in order. Since everyone is concentrating on moving out, a trip to the Bursar’s office to verify and clarify should be a less hectic time because everyone is busy elsewhere. Be sure to check their hours before hiking up there.
- Consider donating items that aren’t well loved to a local student charity. One way to bring less stuff home is to donate the items your student didn’t really like or use to the school’s philanthropy department. They will take the things and use them for students that may not be able to afford all the dorm extras because they are stretched to the limit paying for their tuition.
- Toss what is broken and is not fit for donation. Saves room in the car for all the important things, like your student!
It may not seem like much, but these few simple steps will ensure an easy end to one year, and a smooth transition into the next. I still can’t believe that I will have two kids in college this year. Twice as many kids to keep track of, which is why I am glad I am a list maker! Also, my college son’s school provides a great year-end checklist when moving out of the dorm. Funny how I seem to be doing all the checking off after the fridge and microwave are cleaned AND the floors are swept. Oh well, all part of being the Mom of a college student.
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What tips do you have?