TIDBITS for Day Students’ Families
The First Link Committee of the Deerfield Parents Network(DPN) puts together an annual list of “tidbits”—useful information that you’ll find helpful as your child gets ready to leave for school – and this year, we’ve added these suggestions specifically for Day Students.
If you have questions or comments about the First Link program, feel free to contact Co-Chair Vanessa Lewis. Also, during the coming months if you have any good “tidbits” of your own to add, please email us!
TIDBITS For Day Students:
- Your student’s assigned dorm can serve as a home base throughout the school day. Encourage them to use the common room during free periods and down time. This is one of many ways to establish social connections.
- During the first few weeks of school, your student will have a very busy schedule. This will require thinking ahead to what they will need to bring to school for an entire twelve hours or more. Be patient – even though they are in high school, this amount of preparation may be new for them. Know that it will get easier once they get into a more regular routine.
- With parent permission, day students are allowed to stay overnight in the dorms on the weekends. Check with your child’s dorm resident regarding the procedures for overnights. It may take a few weeks for your child to feel comfortable doing this, but it can be a great way for them to feel even more connected at school. For parents, avoiding a 10:30pm pick up on a Saturday night can be a welcome relief!
- Allow your student to spend as much time as possible on campus!
- Consider creating a network of parents that live close by you for ride sharing. Even if you don’t create a regular carpool, it can be helpful to share some of the late night pick-ups and/or weekend trips to drop your child off to participate in school activities.
- If your child is playing a sport, allow them to ride the bus with the team to and from away games. This can mean a lot of driving for parents (especially if the game is in the opposite direction of school!) but it’s really important for your child to have that time on the bus to bond with teammates.
- Encourage your student to stay at school for dinner at least a few nights a week. While it may be tempting for them to return to the comforts of home after a long day, especially during those first few weeks of school, having dinner with their peers and socializing in the dorms prior to study hall will help them to become more connected to their school community.
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