The first day of school can be overwhelming for students and for kids especially if you are a freshman, first grader or kindergartner. There are a lot of unknowns. Freshman are wondering if initiations are true, kindergartners are crying for their mommies and first graders are trying to figure out how long "all day" is.

Kids will figure it out, but if you are anything like me, you can use all the help you can get. Here is a list of the most important things to know about school:

1. School Zones - Don't Speed. Speeding in a school zone is extremely dangerous, against the law and can cost you up to $235.00.

2. Pick Up Zones and Times - Dropping your child off in the wrong area can mess the bus system up and cause frustration from other parents as well as put your child and others in danger. If necessary park...get out of your car and walk your child to the door. It may be a pain but it is for the safety of your child.

3. Pick up Times - A lot of schools do early release one day a week. Check with your school to make sure the schedule hasn't changed from the prior year and be aware that little kids are usually released earlier than older children to help eliminate a busy parking lot during pick up times. Ask your child's teacher what time she plans on walking out her class each day.

4. After school programs - If your child is signed up for an after school program it isn't always safe to assume that they will be escorted to this program. Make sure they have someone to point them in the right direction, especially the first few days.

5. Food Allergies - If your child has allergies giving the school a letter is always a good start, but make sure your child's teacher is aware for Birthday parties and other snack items that enter the schools classroom. You will also want to hand deliver a letter to the head lunch lady, as they can accommodate your child if you are unable to pack a lunch for your child.

As we enter the school year, I will be holding my breath from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday thru Friday for at the least the first week. It is bitter sweet to see our babies growing up so quickly.