1. Get phone numbers for a few kids who'll be in your child's class -- a strategic playdate before or in the first week of school can help her feel less alone in the classroom.
2. Never underestimate the power of a lunchtime note with a lipstick kiss or a little drawing.
3. There are a slew of smart, funny books that'll help demystify the whole thing. Two of our faves: Mouse's First Day of School (Simon & Schuster) and First Day Jitters (Charlesbridge Publishing).