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Five-year-old Aidan Crunk is the epitome of patience as his mom, Whitney Crunk, has him try on backpacks for his upcoming first day of kindergarten at Feltwell Elementary School. The two were shopping at the Lakenheath BX. Aidan liked this backpack because it had a water bottle attached, not a huge selling point for mom.
Five-year-old Aidan Crunk is the epitome of patience as his mom, Whitney Crunk, has him try on backpacks for his upcoming first day of kindergarten at Feltwell Elementary School. The two were shopping at the Lakenheath BX. Aidan liked this backpack because it had a water bottle attached, not a huge selling point for mom. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

RegistrationTalk to Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe administrators, and their main concerns for the new school year begin and end with registration.

Staffing and budgets are driven by enrollment, and student-teacher ratios are established this way.

Of course, military families move a lot during the summer, but the sooner that parents can let schools know to expect their children in the fall, the better.

Unexpected kids affect all aspects of the educational experience, according to Tom LaRue, principal at Feltwell Elementary School.

“Several schools have lost staffing because their enrollment the few days before opening was so low,” he said. “The obvious result in this case is that class sizes increase beyond acceptable limits, teachers become less effective, and children get less attention.”

For more information on registration, log on to your school’s Web site.

Immunizations

No child likes a shot, but immunizations are a required part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools learning experience. And even if the children don’t believe you, vaccinations are for a child’s own good.

The immunizations DODDS requires come from guidelines set forth by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are based upon recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, according to the DODDS-Europe Web site.

Dennis Bohannon, public affairs officer for DODDS-Europe, suggests parents log on to the Department of Defense Education Activity Web site at www.dodea.edu/parents/immunizations.cfm and click on “DODEA Immunization Requirements” to see what immunizations their child will need for the new school year. He also suggested that parents contact their local immunization clinic to get information on whether immunizations will be given on a walk-in basis, appointment-only basis, or if the clinic will hold a special immunization day for schoolchildren.

Military commands may mandate additional vaccinations as needed.

What you do and don’t need to provideWhile class needs inevitably vary by school and teacher, Defense Department schools in Europe have released the following supply list in the name of cutting down on unneeded purchases.

All schools:

Pens and pencils Rubber eraserColored pencils Glue, sticks or bottledPocket folders Loose-leaf paperBackpack Spiral notebooksPlastic supply box Notebook dividersBound composition book HighlightersThree-ring binder Watercolor paintsColored markers Tissues, one box maximumPlanners Gym shoesElementary school:Child’s round-end scissorsCrayonsBath towelPaint shirtMiddle school:CrayonsClipboardsScissorsHigh school:ClipboardsScissorsProtractorCompassRulersItems that schools will provide:Rulers (elementary/middle schools only) Paints (tempera)Pencil sharpeners Toilet paperGraph paper Index cardsCalculators Dishwashing detergentPlastic bags Paper towelsContact paper Liquid soapBaby wipes Hand sanitizerLocks (as required) Copy/printer paperSource: Department of Defense Dependents Schools

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