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Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Back-to-School Tips for Parents


Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.

With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.



Come join our fundraiser on 08/11/2016 at the Eastland Chili’s anytime from 11am to 11pm.


Let Chili’s do the cooking while we support Independent Community Resources, Inc. at the same time. With each flyer presented on August 11, 2016.

Chili’s will donate 10% of the event day sales back to this great organization. The Independent Community Resources, Inc. Give Back Event is: August 11, 2016 11:00AM-11:00PM only at: West Covina

2929 E Eastland Ctr Dr
West Covina, CA 91791-1603
626-915-8809 –


Just Print the Flyer from the link and bring it with you.

Fireworks Display in the Inland Empire

The 4th of July is upon us once again and the Inland Empire is not falling short of any Independence Day celebrations! Residents of the Inland Empire will not have to travel far to enjoy the fireworks spectacular of 2016. Most of the major cities in San Bernardino and Riverside County will be hosting a celebratory event.  If you’re looking for the best places in the Inland Empire to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 8 places to ring in Independence Day 2016!  Note:  times are subject to change.  Before you go, be sure to check to see if there are admission and/or parking fees!


Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake features one of Southern California largest 4th of July fireworks display. This spectacular can be seen from all the public parks and various parts of the entire Big Bear area. Fireworks Display begins at 8:45pm.


Chino, California

Location: Ruben S. Ayala Park
14225 Central Ave- Chino, CA 91701

The Chino Fireworks Spectacular will be presented on Saturday July 2nd, 2016 at the Ruben S. Ayala Park. Park festivities begin at 3:00pm with carnival rides, games, food, and live music! There will be a tribute to the local men and women of the Armed Forces. Tickets will be selling day of for carnival rides and games. Be sure to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to enjoy an evening in the park. *Alcohol prohibited in the park. Fireworks  Spectacular Starts at 9:00pm.


Fontana, California 

Location: Fontana High School Stadium
9453 Citrus Ave- Fontana, CA 92335

Fontana High School will host this year’s 4th of July Celebration. This Independence Day Celebration will include entertainment for the entire family! Guest will enjoy live bands, novelty vendors, and activities for children, food, and a 20 minute firework show to conclude the evening. Admission is $4 per person.  Tickets will not be sold at the gate, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. Ticket will be available for sale starting June 13th, 2016 at various locations throughout Fontana. Stadium and lawn seating will be available for the fireworks display.


Jurupa Valley, CA

Location: Patriot High School
4355 Camino Real- Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

The Jurupa Valley’s 19th annual fireworks show will be held Sunday, July 3rd, 2016.  This event will feature live music, food, games, and general family. Doors for this event open at 4:00pm and fireworks spectacular starts at 9:00pm.

$5 per person

$5 for parking


Tickets will be available starting June 1st, 2016. Tickets can purchased at the Park District Office. Call (951)361-2090 for more info.


Rancho Cucamonga, California

Location: LoanMart Field
8408 Rochester Ave- Rancho Cucamonga CA 917309

Fun filled night of entertainment for the entire family at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter. Home of the Quakes minor league baseball team.  This is a Lisa DiNoto Group favorite! Tickets for this event will not be sold at the door the day of, so please be sure and pre-plan to get tickets in advance. All tickets are available for pick up at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga (North of the Victoria Gardens Shopping Mall).

$9 for a single seat prior to July 4th/ Day of $10

$60 tables available to seat up to 4 people

Gates Open at 6:00pm, Activities start at 6:30pm, Fireworks Display Start at 9:00pm


San Bernardino, California 

Location: San Manuel Stadium – Home of the 66ERS
280 S E St- San Bernardino, CA 92401

The Inland Empire 66ers minor league baseball team of San Bernardino will be hosting the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for this year’s independence day showdown! Baseball, hot dogs, and fireworks, what a way to celebrate this 4th of July in the Inland Empire! The baseball game begins at 7:05pm and the firework spectacular will begin at the conclusion of the game. This is a family friendly event. Ticket prices for this game vary. Everything from lawn to executive boxes are available. Call (909)888-9922


Upland, California

Location: Upland High School
565 W. 11th Street- Upland, CA 91786

The City of Upland, CA will be hosting their annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular at Upland High School. Activities will start at 6:00pm, including live music, a kids-zone, and snack bar.

Children ages 2 and under will be admitted FREE of charge.

$8 per person pre sale

$10 per person at the gate/day of


Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs for this event. Tickets will be available for this event starting on June 1st, 2016 at various locations throughout Upland. Fireworks Display Starts at 9:00 pm.


Yucaipa, California

Location: Yucaipa High School
33000 Yucaipa Blvd – Yucaipa, CA

The City of Yucaipa will be hosting three full days of family fun entertainment starting Saturday, July 2nd through Monday, July 4th. Guest can enjoy carnival rides, foods, and live entertainment. Doors open daily at 12:00pm. Fireworks show will start at 9:15pm on July 4th.


Here are some other great places to watch Fireworks within the INLAND EMPIRE:


9 p.m. Riverside– Mt. Rubidoux, 4706 Mt. Rubidoux Street

8 p.m. Beaumont– Stewart Park, 9th Street and Orange Avenue

9 p.m. Canyon Lake- Skipper’s Island, 22200 Canyon Club Drive

9 p.m. Redlands – University of Redlands Stadium, 1200 East Colton Avenue – *Admission fee required

9 p.m. Riverside– La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Avenue

5-10 p.m. Riverside– Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 14th and Pine Street

9 p.m. San Jacinto– Valley-Wide Parks and Recreation, 901 West Esplanade

9 p.m. Temecula- Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road

9 p.m. Lake Elsinore- Views from the levee on the south side of the lake

4–10p.m. Corona – Santana Park – 598 Santana Way (Saturday, July 2nd)


Promoting Safe and Responsible Use of Consumer Fireworks

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.



Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.