Remember the good old days when school started AFTER Labor Day? Maybe that still occurs in some places, but for the kids here in Florida school begins in August, weeks before Labor Day even arrives. Oh sure, they get Labor Day off which gives them a three-day weekend less than a month after school starts, but it is still early to be back at the grind for them! Summer used to be a blissful three months. It felt long. We started missing our friends and wondering who our teacher would be. Now it seems that right when kids get into the groove of summer, sleeping in, and swimming, they have to head back to school.
If you have kids, we hope they are excited about their upcoming school year. It will still be warm enough to swim or jump in the pool or go down to the beach after school. It’s not as good as still being on summer break, but it helps! As you prepare for the new school year either for your kids, grandkids, or perhaps yourself (good for you!), there are a few tips we would like to share with you!
Your local stores will carry the lists of school supplies for your local schools detailing what the children need to bring with them on the first day of school, according to their grade. Needs change as grades change. While your Kindergarten student will have crayons and markers on their list, your seventh-grade student will probably have pens and binders on their list.
Stores will oftentimes begin putting all school supplies on sale. Wait until this happens. You do not need to pay $2.50 for a box of twenty-four crayons because once the sales start, you will be able to get them for twenty-five cents – not an exaggeration! Everything from glue sticks to two-inch binders to dry erase markers will be on sale at the best prices you will see all year long. We actually highly recommend buying a few extra things during this time. If you have a child that has been in school for a couple years, you may have an idea of the supplies that they tend to need a second or third time during the school year. For example, if your little one has a propensity for breaking crayons, buy a few boxes. At twenty-five cents a box, you really can’t go wrong! If they don’t end up needing them, then you have them for next year.
Where you go is entirely up to you. Walmart, Target, and office supply stores usually run the best sales. Places like Dollar General and Dollar Tree also carry school supplies, but not always at the same discount. Additionally, if you can get Crayola crayons for twenty-five cents or waxy, dull crayons for a dollar at Dollar Tree, which do you think your child would prefer? Like we said, now is the time to get the good stuff for a great price!
We know that some of you have to move this summer which will sometimes take you to a different school district. We urge you to call ahead to find out when school starts and what you need to bring to the school office in order to register your child. Don’t wait until the first day of school, if at all possible. School offices are open during the summer. Calling ahead will prevent you from making multiple trips if you can bring everything you need with you on the first visit. It will usually include an ID such as a driver’s license, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and usually two forms of proof of your address such as a utility bill or rental agreement.
At Florida Moving Systems we know that moving prior to the school year can be stressful as you have so much to think about and so many things to do. That’s why you should call us! We can handle your entire move – packing, moving, storage if necessary, and unloading. No matter if it’s a move down the street or a long distance move, we do it all! Even better, we do it with quality and integrity. Our movers specialize in packing fragile items. If you live in the Melbourne, Palm Bay, or Satellite Beach areas, we’ll let you handle the details like registering for school; let us handle your move!