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Welcome Back to School!

It's back to school time! We are excited about seeing all of our returning students and making our new students feel a part of our CCMES Family. Our theme this year is Only One Meneley, and we really are a wonderfully unique school with amazing staff who truly care about kids, administrators who understand the importance of learning and family, and a community that backs us up. Below are some back-to-school tips:

Back-to-School Tips

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​The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Making the First Day Easier 

  • If your child seems nervous, remind him or her that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. 

  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day. Your child will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh his or her positive memories about previous years, when he or she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because of a good time. 

  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your student can walk to school or ride on the bus.

  • If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day.   

  • If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with him or her) to school and pick him or her up on the first day.

Backpack Safety

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. 

  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light. 

  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. 

  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at the waist. 

  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers. 

C.C. Meneley Elementary School Mission Statement
C.C. Meneley challenges and supports students to be the best they can be in a caring and respectful environment.