School registration was Monday which means the start of the 2012-2013 school year is right around the corner.
Estherville Lincoln Central High School starts on Monday, Aug. 20 with kindergarten through eighth grade starting on the 21st of August.
With elementary principal Kris Schlievert retiring at the end of the last school year, new principal Justin Bouse will take over the elementary schools at ELC this coming year. Bouse is coming to Estherville from the Okoboji Community School District where he was for 13 years in the elementary school, teaching fifth grade and an administrator. Before that, he taught elementary at the Pocahontas School for four years.
He says it is a good idea to get the kids back into their bedtime routine which is usually lost in the summer as well as possibly getting into a new book, since most children push away reading in the summer months; it's time to start refucosing on school.
Bouse is very excited about getting back to school in general, especially with the dedicated staff he is now working with, they are focusing especially on being a positive influence on the kids.
"I am really excited to be here. It is a great school distrit with a lot of pride, and it is an honor to be apart of that," said Bouse.
l Estherville Lincoln Central schools start school the week of Aug. 20
l North Union and Graettinger-Terril schools begin their respective first semesters on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
There is a lot to get done before school starts this year, including physicals, especially if a child participates in athletics, an eye exam, shopping for school supplies and clothes and much more.
Iowa state laws require that students have the following vaccinations: Hib, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetunus, Varicella, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
If needed there are financial assistant programs in the state of Iowa that can help families in need with school lunches as well as free or low cost health coverage. If interested, visit www.fns.usda.gov/chd for more information.
Another thing about the school year is, it is important to plan healthy breakfasts and lunches for when children are in school. Also, it is important to be a good role model for children by eating healthy yourself; they won't want to eat that apple if their mom or dad is eating a candy bar.
Everyone wants their child to be successful in school, but that means doing well on homework. It is important for a child to have a good place to do their homewor-this means a well lit area with a hard service and no distractions.
Also, children need help with time management when it comes to getting their homework done. A good way to help with that is, when a child does homework, so does their parent; however, when helping a child with homework it is important to offer guidance but not answers.