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12 Tips to Make the First Week of School Less Stressful

Tips to make the first day of school easier


This week, the Savannah-Chatham County schools and Liberty County schools will be heading back to school. It is hard to believe that the summer is actually over! Back to school time can be stressful for the entire family at any age. Children and parents are nervous about going to school, having a new teacher, new classroom and making new friends and parents are nervous for their children! Parents need to learn to manage their own anxieties in order to help their children have a positive experience for their first few days at school. It is very important to get into a school schedule from morning routines to after school activities. Children become more comfortable with their new surroundings (the classroom) and learning once they are comfortable with their routine.

Getting your child prepared for school for the first time requires planning and practicing.  There are many things that need to be taken care of before the child goes back to school as well as during the first week of classes. If you follow these tips, the first day of school won’t be so stressful:

1. Make sure that the child gets enough sleep! Adjusting the child’s bedtime earlier the week before school starts gives the child time to get used to a new schedule. Young children aged 3-7 years old should get at least 11-13 hours of sleep a night.

2. All the children’s forms, including permission slips, health forms and school supply lists are completed and organized. Keep these items together in a folder (per child) or scan them into the computer for safe keeping.

3. Reach out to the child’s teacher and introduce yourself and your child. Attend the “meet the teacher” events at the school.

4. To make the child more comfortable, do a walk-through of the school before classes start. Show them their classroom, the cafeteria, the restrooms and the gym. These are the places where the child will be the most during the school day.

5. Label everything that the child will be taking to school such as school supplies, backpack, lunch box, coat and tennis shoes.

6. Take the child on a special “back to school” shopping trip to get supplies and clothing. Allow the child to help pick out colors of folders, notebooks and backpacks.

7. Get your child back in the healthy eating habit. Pack healthy snacks and lunches for the child.

8. Designate a homework space in your home that is specifically for homework and nothing else.

9. Create a “family station” where children can pick up/drop off school bags and lunch boxes. This would also be the place for them to leave their school homework folders for the parent to review.

10. Plan playdates with classmates of your children to help them make the transition to back to school easier.

11. Don’t forget to create the back to school routine that includes morning, after-school and evening activities. Allow the child time directly after school to “decompress” and play before delving into homework.

12. Parents should have a positive attitude about going back to school and share their enthusiasm about learning, reading and school with their children.

Stop N Stor wishes good Luck to everyone heading back to school from the kindergarten children to college seniors! Have a safe and happy 2014/2015 school year!


Back to school-A Time of Transition

Back to School

The summer months have really flown by this year. The fall school routine has already been running in families for a few weeks and the kids are already deep into their classes for the new school year.  The Savannah/Chatham schools went back to school a few weeks ago.  Schools in Liberty County,  actually started back on August 7th!   Some local colleges started their fall semester classes in August including: Savannah State University , Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah Technical College’s many local campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will start their classes this week on September 12th. The students began moving into their dorms and apartments in Savannah this weekend.

Back to school is a time of transition for students and their families, especially for first time college students. If a student is just starting college and moving away from home, then they will need to condense and organize their belongings to fit in a college dorm room that is usually shared with one or more other people! When packing for college it is important to have the essentials: clothes, computers, electronics, books and school supplies, a few kitchen items, linens and everyday use items. Students can pack a few keepsakes from home if they are small. College students actually start off their school year with a minimum of items, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. We have mentioned before in posts  that self storage is a great option for college students at the end of the school year. Storing school items in a storage unit makes the move back home for the summer months much easier to handle. Most self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for the student who only needs to rent a storage unit for a few months at a time. Also, Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units, which protects art projects, paintings, sculptures, art materials and supplies for SCAD students. This is a perfect solution if there is not enough storage in a studio or even in the student’s dorm room. The climate controlled storage units also help protect musical instruments from heat and humidity damage.

Families of college students also go through a time of transition after the student has left home. Many parents decide to repurpose the student’s bedroom into an office, den, craft room, personal gym or in some cases another storage room. The parents take on the reorganization and cleaning project of the room, which includes packing up all of the student’s awards, projects and collections. Once the room is redecorated, there is no longer room for the student’s “stuff”. Place the excess items in a self storage unit while the student is away. Then, let them go through the boxes and make the decision if they want to keep the items or get rid of them. The items can also stay in storage until the college student graduates and can move the boxes into their new homes.

Stop N Stor has convenient locations for local college students in Port Wentworth and Savannah. Both of the locations offer a 10% student and faculty discount with proof of college ID. Stop by our facilities to see how we can help you in your storage needs from temporary storage for college students to long-term “empty nesters”.

Back to school Time, Already?

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Where did the summer go? It felt like it was only yesterday when it was time to get excited about summer holidays, cookouts and family gatherings? How did it become that dreaded back to school time already? The Liberty County School District  already started classes on August 6, 2012. This also included Britten Elementary school in Ft. Stewart. The other 2 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart  started back to school on August 13, 2012. The Chatham County school district schools  start back to school on Monday, August 27, 2012.  Families with school aged children are starting to get back in their school year routines and schedules. There have been back to school sales at all the stores and the kids are collecting their school supplies, uniforms and sporting equipment for the year.

How does back to school tie in with self storage? Self storage is a great option to store all of your children’s extra sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, old projects and documents. All of these items tend to clutter up homes starting at the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses, the collection grows bigger and bigger and takes up more space in the home. Renting a self storage unit can help eliminate the extra clutter of all of the school year activities.

Some Savannah area colleges have already started their fall semester classes this week, including Armstrong Atlantic State University  and Savannah State University . Savannah Tech will start classes at the end of the month at their 5 area campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will be starting their classes on September 10, 2012.

This time of year is a big time of transition, especially for new college students. New students, who are living away from home for the first time, need to be highly organized with their belongings. They need to reduce their home bedroom into a few boxes and suitcases. Their dormitory living space will be much less than what they are used to. They will not be able to bring childhood collections and items with them to college. Once, the college students are out of the house, parents might decide to do a major clean or a redecoration of the student’s room. But, where can you store all of the student’s collectible’s, clothes and furniture when you change the room into an office or in-home gym? Store these items in a self storage unit, so you can keep them in good shape for your student to look through them when they are at home. Then, it will be up to the student to decide to keep the items! As we have mentioned earlier this year, college students and self storage are a perfect match. The student who had used self storage in the spring to store their school items for their summer break now needs to clean out their storage unit and move back into the dormitory or college apartment.

Stop N Stor  wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable school year!!! We are here to help with your storage needs through the transitional back to school time.

Welcome to Port Wentworth!

In past posts, we’ve talked about Stop n Stor locations in Hinesville and Savannah, now it’s time to shed a bit of light on the city of Port Wentworth. Port Wentworth, in Chatham County, is a community of 5300 residents strategically placed near Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge , the Savannah River and the Georgia Port Authority. Port Wentworth is just minutes away from historic downtown Savannah. Port Wentworth has the distinct pleasure of being the fastest growing city in Chatham County. According to the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce , Port Wentworth is the gateway to Georgia history, heritage and attractions including shopping, dining, arts & culture, golf, fishing, watersports and hunting. There are many historical places to see in and near Port Wentworth such as Mulberry Grove Plantation  where Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793.

Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce was created to help businesses grow through
networking events and referrals. The Chamber of Commerce helps to ensure business success and increased exposure in the community. The Chamber sponsors events such as ribbon cutting, ground breaking and grand opening events.  Stop n Stor is a proud member of the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also sponsors special events for its members.

The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2nd annual Port Wentworth Chamber Oyster Roast and BBQ at the Lions Club Ballpark. Over 50
representatives of local businesses attended the event which was sponsored by Boyett Insurance and Port Wentworth Lions Club. There was great food, networking and a raffle for a flat screen TV with the proceeds going to the Houston Museum project. Stop n Stor’s very own Alan Dasher attended the event.  You can check out pictures from the event below. Stop n Stor looks forward to future events with the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce. Check out our ad in the Port Wentworth City Guide. Stop by our Port Wentworth location at 315 GA Hwy 30 today!


Back to School

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It’s that time of year again. It is the three words that kids dread to hear: “Back to School”.  Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that school was letting out for the summer? Get ready for football games, homecomings and the changing of the seasons! The schools in the Liberty and Chatham Counties will be starting back in the next few weeks. In fact, Liberty County Schools  start back on Thursday, August 4, 2011. The Savannah-Chatham County schools start back on August 22nd, except for Groves High School, which starts on August 8, 2011. The 3 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart also start back on August, 8, 2011.

Savannah area colleges and universities will start their classes in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that it is time for the fall semester to start again!  Armstrong Atlantic State University  begins their fall semester on August 15, 2011. Savannah State University  starts classes on August 11, 2011. The Savannah School of Art and Design  starts their classes later on September 12, 2011.

How does self-storage and back to school time complement each other? Self storage is a perfect match for college students. Students can store their personal belongings in a self-storage facility near their college or university. This alleviates the need to move the items collected over the school year back and forth from home when the semester or school year is over. Students tend to accumulate lots of memorabilia over the course of their school year.  Having a self-storage unit gives the student a sense of privacy and security for their belongings that they just might not get when they have to move the items home. Self-storage facilities offer a flexible (month-to-month) renting schedule which is perfect for students who could just be storing their items for a few months. Renting a self-storage unit is a perfect solution for students who are traveling abroad for a semester or a year. Also, the time after college graduation is a time of major transitions for students. Recent graduates can store the items from their college dormitories or apartments in storage units until they get “settled” into their new jobs, apartments or cities. Storing items for a few months in between semesters or even post-graduation is the ideal solution for college students’ transitional needs.

Stop n Stor wishes all students a safe, enjoyable and happy school year!