Making Back to School Easier Than Ever

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Back to School written on chalkboard

As the summers days wind down, it’s time to transition back into “school” mode. With the beginning of the semester just around the corner, parents and kids need to get organized so they can have a stress-free start.

The 2016 school year will begin on Monday, August 22 across the entire district. You can visit the district site for information on registration here.

You may still have a lot to do; school supplies, clothes shopping, registration, etc. The list is long and knowing where to start can be a struggle. In an effort to help relieve the back to school stress, I’ve gathered some great tips and resources to help Bedford families get Back to School.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Information

diagram showing relationship between schools in the district

The HEB Independent School District is comprised of thirty area schools, with over 22,000 students in attendance. These great students are served by more than 1,300 highly-qualified teachers.

The HEB Independent School District is among the most prestigious in the state. From more than 1,000 school districts in Texas, we are one of only twenty-four that has earned the Postsecondary Readiness Distinction. A measure that determines how qualified and ready our graduates are for college. We have also been rated as the best in Texas for “Academic Performance and Financial Efficiency”.

Shifting Gears

Mother helping daughter with homework

The transition back into the academia world can be a bit harsh. Students often have different sleep schedules during their time off and irregular habits can mean your child will struggle adjusting, once school begins. Use these tips to make it a lot easier for your children – and for you!

  • Adjust the schedule – It’s best to start the new schedule a couple weeks before it’s needed. It helps to gradually move sleep and wake times instead of doing it all at once.
  • Planning for success – Check out the district calendar  and take note of days off, parent-teacher conferences, and after school activities. I would also suggest using a shared Google calendar to organize your entire family. It can connect with other calendars, apps, and will even sync with your mobile devices.
  • Conduct route reconnaissance – Many adults are still plagued by nightmares of being unable to find their class, being late, or forgetting their locker combinations. Your child is likely dealing with that same anxiety right now, so help them be prepared by checking out bus stops, visiting classrooms, and finding the most efficient routes for their new routine, before school begins.
  • Monitoring progress – It’s important to not only meet your child’s teacher(s), but to also keep an eye on events at school. You don’t want to be caught off guard halfway through the semester and find out your child has missing homework assignments. The HEB ISD utilizes the Home Access Center to enable parents to monitor their student’s progress online. Contact your school’s main office to get assistance with login credentials.

School Supply Lists

Select the grade of your student to download a PDF of their school supply list.

Pre-K supply list

Kindergarten supply list

1st grade supply list

2nd grade supply list

3rd grade supply list

4th grade supply list

5th grade supply list

6th grade supply list

7th grade supply list

8th grade supply list

9th grade supply list

10th grade supply list*

11th grade supply list*

12th grade supply list*

*High school supply lists include generally recommended items. Specific needs are determined by individual teachers. These requirements will distributed within the first week of school.

Big Deals in Bedford

school supplies

It’s time to stock up on those back to school essentials like pencils, paper, and notebooks. We’ve got a few good choices in our area for a one-stop school supply shopping spree. Most stores will be running specials on essential items this month, so keep your eyes peeled for coupons, online deals, and big discounts.

I’ve taken the liberty of comparing prices on three popular items among schools in our area, as well as noting what specials are currently available. For big-ticket items or supplies that aren’t on sale at the moment, I recommend checking the price through the online store. It could be significantly lower.

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Even though Wal-Mart operates on a principle of “daily savings” and has few sales, right now you will find the price rolled back on almost everything school-related. Online prices are frequently lower than in-store prices, so you can order your supplies online and then pick them up for even more savings.

Price Comparison as of August 04, 2016

TI-84 Plus CE- $122.06

Fivestar Advance 3-Subject Notebook – $4.98

Case-It D-146 3” solid zipper binder – $17.97

Office Depot

Right now you can get paper for a penny and hugely discounted writing utensils. Office Depot will be offering back to school promotions through August. Check their site to see what items are currently discounted, such as the steal on the graphing calculator below.

Price Comparison as of August 04, 2016

TI-84 Plus CE – $89.99

Fivestar Advance 3-Subject Notebook – $8.99

Case-It D-146 3” solid zipper binder – $23.99


Staples is featuring rock-bottom deals on essentials, such as .50 composition notebooks, .97 colored pencils, and .17 pocket folders. Check the listing for updated deals every week.

Price Comparison as of August 04, 2016

TI-84 Plus CE – $109.99

Fivestar Advance 3-Subject Notebook – $8.00

Case-It D-146 3” solid zipper binder – $19.19-$20.79 (varies with color)


Check Target’s weekly ad for our store to see current promotions. They are offering up to 30% off all kids’ apparel and you’ll receive a Target gift card if you spend $30 or more on school supplies and backpacks.

Price Comparison as of August 04, 2016

TI-84 Plus CE – $99.99

Fivestar Advance 3-Subject Notebook – $4.66

Case-It D-146 3” solid zipper binder – $17.99-$44.99 (varies with color)

Don’t Forget the Dentist

dental technician showing patient X-rays

With the start of school just around the corner, that means everyone will be as busy as ever. School, sports, extracurricular activities, and homework can make it hard to squeeze in time for dental appointments. The best way to make your life easier is to schedule your child’s appointment before they go back to school and the chaos begins!
~Dr. Marea White