Helpful resources for starting the new school year

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Helpful resources for starting the new school year

by: Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer/Transition Support Specialist | .
Family and MWR CYS Services | .
published: August 16, 2017

The new school year is around the corner. Here are resources to help you get ready for fall 2017. 

School supplies

DODEA official school supply guidelines list what may be required of students. Each school also provides more grade specific guidance. Contact your school liaison officer (SLO) for more assistance.

New student orientation

Meet school administrators and get information to help you and your child have a smooth start. Learn procedures and get your questions answered before the school year begins. Check out the school’s layout to make your child comfortable on day one. Your school main office or school liaison officer can provide your school’s dates. Orientation dates will also be listed on

Bus transportation 

DODEA-Europe school bus stop information and school bus passes are mailed to your APO address prior to the start of school. If you do not receive a bus pass contact your local transportation office. If you are new to Europe, contact your bus transportation office for information about bus transportation and to request a bus pass. 

School lunch

The Exchange Student Meal Program provides wholesome, nutritious meals to eligible students in participating DOD OCONUS schools. 

Online payment program is available. 

A Free and Reduced Lunch Program is available to eligible families. The program application is available on your SLO’s website. One application per family is made annually typically starting in July. 

Learning links 

Kids love computers. They are better with them than many adults. Admit it, you’ve asked your kid to help you find how to do something on your laptop! If they are going to live on their computers, at least give them some options that feed their brains. Your Army school liaison officer’s website has a section packed with learning links on numerous school subjects for kids of all ages. There is even a foreign language learning section. Help your kids learn new things, exercise their brains and reinforce what is going on in the school. Go to the "learning links" tab on your post’s SLO page

March 2 Success 

March 2 Success is a program developed by the Army that offers free academic help for middle and high school students. For high school students planning on taking the ASVAB, SAT or ACT, there are online activities to enhance and track student performance. For middle and high school students, the HS prep program provides a review of seventh-to-ninth-grade math, English and science skills. March 2 Success also provides standardized test prep for middle through high school students as well as customized lesson plans based on assessments. If all that isn’t enough, students can also access information on college admissions and financing. March 2 Success will point students in the direction of academic success.

Website with educational information for parents

Wonder what some of that jargon you hear thrown around by teachers means? Want to learn some tips to make homework go more smoothly at home? Or how about how to reduce test anxiety for your child? Maybe you need to know how to help your child deal with a bully. This and more information is available on a fabulous website designed to assist parents with school-related issues. Expert insight, information and resources provide parents the tools to support their child’s K-12 education. Printable worksheets, games and more are also available. Go to

For more to help your student PCS, visit Europe Family and MWR's website for an Inbound Student Handbook. 

Tags: education, School, new, Child, Student, DoDDs, family, lunch, SLO, Europe, meals, bus, orientation
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