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Make the First Day a Great Day
Spend time thinking through the first day from beginning to end. Make sure your children have all the supplies they need, and try to encourage them to eat good breakfasts (which may not be easy if there are too many butterflies in their tummies!). Arrive early to school to give your child a chance to remember where everything is and to see their new classroom. When it's time to leave, don't linger. Just look your children in the eyes, give them big hugs and send them on their way to a great school year!

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