As the summer comes to a close and another year is about to begin, the David E. Norman PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is hosting a Back to School Night at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Featuring live music, free dinner and a chance to meet teachers, the event is designed to give both parents and students a glimpse of what’s ahead this school year.

“We want families to feel comfortable coming and being with us at school,” Norman PTO President Amy Fullmer said. “When the school and families join together in the educational efforts of the student, the success is so much greater. We want parents and students to understand the new procedures that have been implemented in our school.

“For example: In order to volunteer in your child’s classroom or go on a field trip with then, the parent must come fill out some information for the district and give a copy of their driver’s license so a background check can be done.”

Other new procedures include new drop off and pick up policies and parents will get the opportunity to speak with Principal Rebecca Murdock and various teachers.

The start of a new school year can be hectic for many. But Fullmer said there are ways to help make the transition back into a new school year a little easier.

“Starting a week early to get the children back on an “early to bed, early to rise” schedule is really important to their success,” Fullmer said. “Set up a morning schedule, organize areas in your home for back packs, papers that need to be returned and a place to complete homework that will be free of distraction. Help the child to get excited about going back to school and be positive about their teachers, opportunities and school.”

Other tips Fullmer suggests includes adjusting nighttime routine before school starts so they get enough sleep, putting clothes out and preparing backpacks the night before, limiting breakfast choices on school days, getting to know the school routine like how your child will be getting to school and knowing the exact time to leave, establishing after school routines and starting your day 10 minutes before planned.

While the Back to School Night is designed to help prep families for the upcoming school year, throughout the school year the PTO has numerous events planned. The PTO is running the 100-mile club, teaching art and music and running the Norman library. There are also art shows, a music concert, science night and Pi day events planned as well as a book fair and fundraiser. In addition, Norman students will receive a sports pass, allowing free entry to any sporting event when accompanied by an adult.

There are also other possible events planned, but whether they occur will depend on the number of volunteers who come out.

PTOs throughout White Pine County are looking for more members to join. And while they are all busy, any help, no matter how much or how little, can go a long way to making this school year better, Fullmer said.

“We want to support and help our students and the more people we have that are willing to help the more good we can do,” Fullmer said. “We are all busy and small contributions are beneficial. There are things that everyone can do to help. Coming to meetings is not necessarily to be of assistance. Letting us know you would like to help is. We don’t know everyone and we can’t read minds, so please tell us if you are willing to help.”

As the PTO prepares for a new school year, Fullmer said she hopes more parents will come out and see what they are all about.

For more information about the Norman PTO, the group has a Facebook page under D.E.N. Elementary PTO. But no matter if you go to Back to School night to join the PTO or to meet teachers and staff, Fullmer said she hopes this is the first of many events designed to assist families.

“Our goal is to help the school and community come together in positive ways to affect the lives and educational experiences of our children,” Fullmer said.