With just under two weeks until schools open both students and parents in West Islip are starting to get ready to head back to the day to day routine of class.
They’re hitting stores for supplies. They're perusing clothing shops for new trends. They're getting haircuts and medical checkups and bracing themselves for that first month of transition from summer fun and relaxation to the hectic pace of homework, teacher meetings, school drop and pickup.
As one parent shared when Patch polled readers on the top 10 worse things about getting back to school, the hardest part, especially for teens, will likely be getting up before late morning.
“The 181 days of waking up,” wrote Carol Tietjen Zappalla on the worse aspect of summer ending.
Overwhelming, though, the effort in finding needed supplies seems to be the top bane for West Islip families.
“The back to school supplies for three kids [is the worse],”
wrote Diane DeNicola Napolitano. “I hate it.”
And she’s clearly not alone in her sentiments.
Jessica De Falco Horvath says the fact that students may not yet have their supplies list as of late August is the worse. “The stores are getting ready for Halloween and nothing is left!!!!!,” she wrote. Maria Ippolito-Burhard says the delay in supply lists means parents often miss the good sales taking place weeks before school arrives.
Valerie Mineo Rivera isn’t looking forward to the annual inevitable line at local stores such as Staples.
For Marianne Pizzo Bowden the worst part is getting back into a school day routine.
“Getting the kids back onto any sort of schedule. Waking up
at 5:45am is going to be tough!,” she shared.
Kimberly Jacobs is more worried about having to get kids’
mentally ready for the new academic year.
“I hate seeing my kids nervous about the upcoming school year,” she wrote.