Weekly Wellness: Back-To-School Tips for a Successful Year
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselor


Remind your Troubie that the old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is never more true than when you’re going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast. 

Encourage your Troubie to get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested. Sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class and can also make it hard to concentrate. It can be more productive to get the sleep they need than it is to stay up late cramming. A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night.

Empower your Troubie to do more at school so she’ll have less to do at home. Have her take advantage of those times during the school day when she’s not in class: Review notes, go to the library, get a head-start on homework, or research that big term paper. She will be thankful later!

Motivate your Troubie to build peer relationships. One of the best ways for her to make friends and learn her way around is by joining school clubs, sports teams, and activities. Even if she can’t hit a tennis ball or sing a solo, getting involved in other ways such as going to a school play, helping with a bake sale, or cheering on friends at a swim meet can help her feel like a part of things.

School is a time to make friends and try new things, but it’s also a place to learn skills, like organization and decision making, that will come in handy for the rest of her life.

Please remember that there is always support available on campus for students, families, and staff.  If you have questions or concerns about how to communicate this topic with your daughter, please do not hesitate to contact our Wellness Office at (916) 737-5094 or wellness@stfrancishs.org.

Upcoming Weekly Wellness Topics

  • Communication Skills
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Managing Stress
  • Sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression