Navigating the New School Year with Arena

It’s chaos: You forgot the after-school snack and the hunger meltdown is looming. You make it home and avert the crisis…until the backpack opens. What seems like a year’s worth of forms for you to fill out is waiting in your child’s backpack, along with a note to have them filled out, signed, and returned by the end of the week. But, you can’t do that now because it’s almost time for scouts. And so begins the insanity of navigating the first week back to school.

Though the beginning of a new school year will always be chaotic, The Arena App allows you to keep a sense of calm throughout the first few weeks. Our pre-built checklist for Navigating the First Week of School will help you stay on top of all of the things that tend to overwhelm the beginning of school, such as making sure you have breakfast, lunch – and the aforementioned snacks – planned for the week, as a way to alleviate some of the stress right off the bat. This can even give you a little more time to wrangle your child for that always-adorable First Day of School photo!

Keeping up with the School Year

Those forms we mentioned earlier? Chances are you already have access to all the information they need, so just schedule some time in Arena to sit down and get them out of the way. You probably also have some schedules scattered about in email and hard copies for school meetings, soccer games, volunteer opportunities, early release days, etc. Create another project in Arena to get all of these into your overall calendar ahead of time, so that you aren’t completely surprised when the PTA sends a friendly reminder that you agreed to run the Box Tops Collecting program, and there are three containers of them waiting for you to organize.


Collecting Box Tops is just one of many volunteering opportunities that will pop up in the first week of school. The PTA- where you may also owe dues – probably already has several lined up for you to choose from. If you have already entered in all the relevant schedules and games, you’re a step ahead! You already know your commitments and can have peace of mind around committing to a volunteer opportunity, or not. If you say yes – to collecting Box Tops, coaching soccer, or being the room parent – The Arena App can help you navigate those commitments with ease because you’ll be able to see the work required and the time you have to complete it.

These are just a few of the ways that The Arena App can help you navigate the first few weeks of school as smoothly as possible. There will always be some bumps and unexpected twists and turns, but if you are prepared for what you know is coming, then the things that sneak up on you won’t seem quite as monumental.

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