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End of Year Checklist for Parents and Students

End of Year Checklist for Parents and Students

May 05, 2022

Although the school year is coming to an end, there are a few things that parents should consider right now that will be important for their child's education next year and beyond. The end of the school year and the start of summer vacation are critical times to assess and review your child's academic progress while planning summer activities.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with much to think about in the spring and summer, such as family vacations and summer camps. Still, an end-of-year checklist can be a helpful planning tool for organizing and prioritizing your family's activities for the coming months. 

Here's an essential to-do list that can easily tailor to your own family’s needs.

Your End-Of-Year Checklist for Finishing School Work Well

1. Keep Focus in the Spring

Although school is wrapping up, this time of year can be filled with end-of-the-year banquets, special school events, beginning-of-summer parties, etc. Assist your child in remaining focused on giving their best effort at school until the very last day.

Maintain a study-focused routine that includes the exact study time expectations earlier in the year. If your child appears stressed, help them relax and communicate with your child about the stress of final exams and projects.

2. Request a Teacher for Fall

Request a particular teacher who will be a good fit for your child, if you already know of one. Perhaps a family member recommended someone, or one of your older children had a great fourth-grade teacher; see if you can make a special request. Some schools may permit it, while others may not.

3. Learning in the Summer

The end of the school year should provide an opportunity for your child to take a healthy break from the stresses and expectations of the school. By planning ahead of time, you can help reduce stress for your family while also making the summer months a particular time for everyone to look forward to and enjoy. 

There are plenty of ways for children to improve their learning skills during the long summer vacation to return to school with more confidence. In addition to piano lessons and baseball camps, look for learning camps and programs run by libraries, universities, or tutoring. 

A couple of hours of learning per week over the summer will keep your child's mind sharp and ready for classes when they resume in the fall. If you think that your child requires additional summer activities, look into local summer learning programs. Make sure to get your child's input and choose activities they will enjoy.

4. Make a Calendar

The month of May is by far the busiest at school. At any given time, countless activities are going on: exams, final exams, graduations, graduation parties, awards banquets, proms, sports playoffs, spring concerts, and other end-of-the-year activities. 

It is easy to become overwhelmed, not only for students but also for parents. 


Create a comprehensive calendar containing all of my personal and professional activities in one place. Keep this calendar on your desk so that you can refer to it and plan accordingly. This will help you stay organized and avoid overbooking yourself.

5. Prepare for Final Exams

Teachers are starting to release final exam reviews right now. It certainly helps plan ahead of time and make the most of a child's study time. Gathering those reviews will help your child get started on the right foot. 

Having your child’s final exam reviews in hand now will likely result in less procrastination. We recommend creating a folder for each last so your child can refer to previous tests and quizzes as they study for their exams.

6. Final Report Card

Sift through each grade and compare final grades to earlier grades from the year when your child shows you his last report card. Read the comments to learn more about your child's development and behavior. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your child's teacher before leaving for the summer.

Remember to compliment your child on an excellent report card, but don't become visibly upset if the report card isn't perfect. Talk to your child about the future and how they can improve or maintain their current grades.

Emmanuel Lutheran School

As the new school year approaches, it's time to start thinking about your child's education. Emmanuel Lutheran School emphasizes challenging academics combined with Bible-based instruction. Classrooms that are safe and well-managed and have excellent faculty and small class sizes ensure that your child has the best learning environment and experience possible. 

We have worked hard to make the admissions process as simple as possible. For more information on how to begin your child's enrollment, please visit our admissions page.