Children at Desks

Small changes in routine can make a big difference for student learning. From uniforms to positive thinking, there are a lot of ways you can support the back-to-school transition at home.

Before school

  • Encourage your scholar to wake up at the same time every day. Routines like this will help make sure your scholar gets enough sleep and gets to school on time.
  • Ask your scholar what he or she is looking forward to. Modeling positive thinking helps scholars start the day right.
  • Remind your scholar to be at his or her bus stop 10 minutes early. We try our best to pick scholars up at the exact same time every day, but sometimes our buses can be a little off-schedule.

After school

  • Ask your scholar what s/he learned in school that day. This helps scholars remember new facts and lessons, and will remind them of any pending homework.
  • Call your scholar’s teacher if you have any questions or if your scholar needs help with homework. Our teachers are available until 8:30 p.m.
  • Read 20 minutes every day after school with your scholar. Your scholar likely has reading as part of his or her homework, and you can also check out new books for free at Hennepin County Libraries.


  • Eat a good, healthy dinner. For food resources, visit or call 2-1-1.
  • Help your scholar get their uniform ready the night before to avoid rushing in the morning.
  • Remind your scholar to pack their backpack with any homework, books, permission slips, bus passes or other materials for school.
  • Stick to the same bedtime every night. Research shows that children and teens need 8-10 hours of sleep every night to do their best in school the next day.