Do a back to school kindness challenge
The first few days and weeks of school can be a challenging and nerve racking time for kids. All of the change can leave some kids feeling overwhelmed and a bit out of sorts.
A nice thing to help is to do a back to school kindness challenge. The idea is they try to spot any kids that might be feeling sad or scared on the first few days and weeks of school and see if there is anything they can do to help them. This of course helps the kids who are struggling but also diverts your own nervous energy into something positive.
A few things they can do are: make welcome cards for new students, invite someone new to sit with them at lunch or play with them at recess, help younger kids on the playground, ask someone crying if they need a hug or a friend, or high five younger students as they pass in the hall.