Get your child ready for school

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by Sarah Blais

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 11:40 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Kids in Chandler go back to school on Monday; are they prepared?

Navarrete Elementary School staff tells us how to get your child ready for school this weekend.

For the young ones, first-grade teacher Amanda Robinson suggests they come with markers, crayons, scissors, pencils and glue sticks.

"We usually supply the rest of the items they'll need," Robinson said.

Older kids are now allowed to bring iPads and Kindles to school to take notes and read textbooks. Rich Meseroll, a sixth-grade teacher, doesn't think distraction will be a problem.

"The students are good about following the rules," Meseroll said. "If you set the expectations in the beginning, the students are good at following them and using them [iPads and Kindles] when appropriate."

He also suggests students buy a flash drive to easily access homework at school and home.

Teachers have already begun to set up their classrooms, ready to welcome their new students.

"We want the kids to come in and feel like it's such a warm and happy place, and they feel safe and they're ready to learn," said Maureen Alger, a second-grade teacher. "There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes to get that feeling tone established."

Alger also notes that this is the first year the Common Core State Standards will be in place, so your child should be ready to do lots of reading.

If your child is not up to date on immunizations, you can get them done Friday for free. At Food City on 91st Avenue and Thomas Road, the fire department will be giving shots to kids from 6 weeks to 18 years old.

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