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Back to School Checklist

Back to School Checklist

We hope that this checklist will help your family prepare for the start of the new school year.  It includes all the important to-do's to help you (and your child) get ready for what will surely be an incredible year. 


What To Do Before School Starts  

Please consider making a donation to our One Community Campaign (OCC)! 


OCC how it works


Please pledge or make a donation to the One Community Campaign (OCC). The OCC funds 6% of the district’s budget this year, paying for our art and science teachers, our librarian, our music specialist, school assemblies, world language program, science fair, family events, and more. Can you imagine Encinal without these teachers and programs?   The OCC funds our Encinal PTO budget, which plays a vital role in supporting and enriching our students' daily education. With your volunteer time and your financial help we support classroom libraries, field trips, and much more.  Please visit the PTO page today to learn all about volunteering, donating, and joining the great Encinal community!

Visit the OCC website to learn more!


  Make sure that you are receiving our weekly newsletter! The newsletter is delivered to your email inbox via ParentSquare on Sunday every week with occasional mid-week updates and reminders.  Be sure to READ it when it comes!  


Come to the Back-to-School Coffee & Volunteer Sign-up. Please attend the “Back to School Coffee” on the first day of school from 8:00-10:00 am in the large Multi. Sign up for classroom, campus, at home, and community-building volunteer positions. There are so many ways you can make an investment of your time in our school. No matter how much or how little, every minute counts in meaningful ways.  Be part of the team!  


Sign up to be HRP: Head Room Parents Needed! As a Homeroom Parent, you will have a wonderful opportunity to interact with and support your child's teacher in numerous ways. Energetic, organized, clear communicators..... Encinal School teachers want you! Please note: There will be a mandatory HRP training; time to be announced.

To sign up to be an HRP, please email or sign up at the Back-to-School Coffee.


Watch for the afterschool activities link in the newsletter to sign up for amazing afterschool opportunities! Chess, Drama, Art, Basketball and more!  We have a diverse offering of enrichment and sports programs offered by third party vendors.  Please review the schedule and register with the vendors.  SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. Click here for the Afterschool Activities Website


Place your hot lunch orders early to ensure delivery! Students have the option to bring their own lunches or order hot lunch. The LunchMaster offers an incredible number of nutritious and delicious lunch options on a daily basis. Hot lunch starts the first day of school. Please watch for emails and reminders to make sure that you order early enough to ensure delivery. Visit the LunchMaster website to register.

lunch lady

We need help serving the prepackaged hot lunch options! Daily volunteers are needed to serve lunch to students from 11:15am-12:45pm. Brief training is required prior to volunteering. To volunteer, email


  Get Ready for Curb-side Pickup (Carpool) Each family will receive a Carpool Pickup Name card required to pick up your child by car in front of the school.




Review Transportation Options   There are many options for getting your children back and forth to campus.  Please carefully review the information on this link and consider walking, biking, or taking a bus. 


Spirit Wear

Your child will be so excited to wear GREEN on Fridays - an Encinal tradition! Start by buying one of these great Encinal spirit themed shirts or sweatshirts, and support the school at the same time. Show your Encinal Pride! Visit our online Spirit Wear Store and order your Eagle gear today!

Things To Know for the First Day of School!

What to bring on the first day of school:

  • All teachers encourage parents to send well-rested kids to school! Start those bedtime routines a bit earlier in the weeks and days leading up to school.
  • Full size backpack labeled with your child's name.

What food to send each day:

  • A snack in a separate container to eat at the morning recess.
  • Lunch: either sign up for Hot Lunch in advance or send along a lunchbox/brown bag with your child's name (and maybe a note or smiley face!).

Label your child's items:

  • You really don't want to lose those new school clothes!