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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy New School Year


Hopefully everyone is back to the routine of getting up and getting the kids off to school. I know it took my family a few weeks to get back on track.

Nestle,
in partnership with Reading is Fundamental is sending me $50 worth of books to donate to a RIF school of my choice. RIF is the oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. All RIF programs combine three essential elements to foster children's literacy: reading motivation, family and community involvement, and the excitement of choosing free books to keep.


In addition Nestle sent me a $25 gift card to Walmart to help with school supplies, a NESQUIK® lunch box, product from RAISINETS® and a mix of free coupons from NESTLÉ® Pure Life, OVALTINE®, TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough, TOLL HOUSE Morsels, NESQUIK, COFFEE-MATE®, DRUMSTICKS® and CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS

But that is not even the best part! One lucky reader will also get their own Happy New School Year pack with the items mentioned above!

To enter: Leave a comment telling me ways you ease back into the school year.

Entries will be taken until Friday, October 15 at noon, CST. At that time I will post the winner and you will have 48 hours to get back to me with your mailing address or a new winner will be picked.

In addition to this contest, Nestle has another contest on their site
which is the Happy New School Year Sweepstakes . Feel free to enter every day for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 worth of back-to-school essentials plus a $2,000 NESTLÉ Literacy Grant for your school, as well as daily prizes from Crayola. This contest also ends on October 15th.
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10 Comments:

SEXYBABYGURL2375@YAHOO.COM said...

GETTING BACK INTO THE ROUTINE OF SCHOOL DOES TAKE A LOT OUT OF YOU. IN ORDER MY THE EASE BACK INTO SCHOOL GOES SMOOTHLY, I SET UP GOALS THAT THE CHILDREN CAN ACCOMPLISH FOR THE YEAR. IT NOT ONLY GETS THEM MOTIVATED FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR BUT GETS ME MOTIVATED TO HELP THE SUCCEED IN THEIR GOALS. WE JOIN IN THE FUNDRAISERS AND EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT BRING MONEY FOR THE SCHOOL. SUCH AS BOX TOPS OR GOING TO PARENTS NITE AT CHILLI'S. MY SON MARKS DOWN THE EVENTS AND MAKES SURE WE DON'T MISS THEM. IT MAKES HIM FEEL THAT HE IS DOING HIS PART FOR HIS CLASS AND SCHOOL. THAT IS WHAT EASES OUR NEW SCHOOL YEAR TO FIT INTO OUR SCHEDULE. KNOWING THAT WE ARE APART OF THE SCHOOL AND NOT JUST ATTEND.

stacy said...

We try and start getting to bed earlier and I make sure necessary school supplies are ready for the first day. We also make a trip to the school to see where classrooms are.

JC said...

We start the school schedule at least a week before and I also try to get everything ready the night before to avoid morning chaos.[ during the school year.

mmullikin said...

We start changing the schedule for going to bed about 2 weeks before school starts. We then also plan lunches, involving the children in grocery shopping to chose healthy foods they will eat and have a special place in the cupboard and refrigerator for their "special lunch foods". We go through their clothes sorting what still fits and they will wear and give away what they no longer will use. Usually these things get the children in the mind set of returning to school and being excited about it.

Anonymous said...

my kids aren't quite school age, but we have "school" at home. We always make sure to start with a healthy breakfast before starting our reading & coloring
onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

getting ready- clearing out and organizing was a way to help, and getting ready the night before

L Crawford said...

Getting back into the school year is a ROUGH transition. Not only does school start but so do all the extra-curricular activities. As a mom on the go one thing that I do is pack a cooler filler with granola bars, crackers, bottled water, and caprisuns to leave in the trunk of the car. This saves me the expense of running through the drive thru to grab a drink/snack. :)

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

In the week before school starts meet the teacher either in person or by e-mail and introduce yourself. You can let her know if your child has any particular sensitivities or if he or she needs special accommodations. Plus, it'll start off your relationship on a positive note :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

Mari said...

One of the things that I appreciated was that my foster son's teacher visited before the school year began. He had a lot of anxiety about starting school, and it helped that she made the effort to introduce herself and let us know what was expected of him during the school year and a general outline of her lesson plans and how we should be monitoring his progress.

I wish all teachers would be this dedicated and conscientious.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

We always start with the shopping trip in early August for the school supplies. We use a calendar that identifies when the sleeping schedule starts adjusting for preparation for school. I make it a point to meet each of their teachers before school starts to establish a rapport to let them know I am interested in how they are doing. The children then know I am working with the teacher for them and will know if there are any concerns.

Thanks for the giveaway chance!

K B
favittle at hotmail dot com