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Back to school? Pack your books, snacks and this great advice

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Rachel Schoutsen
Presenter, The Weather Network

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 7:48 AM - Hey parents!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

My dad would kindly sing that as my brother and I packed up for another school year.

Seven million people across Canada are heading back to school and here at The Weather Network we wanted to share some advice.

I first asked Meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.

“My first day of grade nine was embarrassing! I was in geography class and the chair I was sitting on broke! My advice, check the sturdiness of your chair before you sit down!”

Emily and Tom from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) morning show also shared their wisdom.

Tom, with his traffic specialty, reminded that distracted driving fines have increased! So slow down and look both ways. And Emily, not a fan of the chilly air conditioning, reminded kids to pack a sweater even if it is feeling humid in the GTA.

Our wonderful producer Liz Hadfield also had some great advice.

“Parents: Know what route your kids are taking to school! And kids smile and make new friends.”

Liz also whispered, learning is fun.


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As Krissy Vann prepped to head out to Captain R Wilson elementary school this morning, she has us all laughing when she shared her start to highschool.

“I cut off all my hair right before starting high school! You should see the pictures in my year book.”

Okay Krissy… we want to see them.

Mike Arsenault was also busy heading out to Waterloo for our morning show coverage and said, “Just study more than I did. Also do your homework as soon as you get home so the rest of the night is for fun.”

Nathan Coleman also busy covering the back to school buzz said, “Share your umbrella.” Great advice coming from a weatherman.

Now, Ill leave you off with my advice.

Don’t pack an egg salad sandwich for the first day of school! Well because, you just don’t want to smell like that . . . wait until the second week.

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