Between packing, moving, and renovating our house, there hasn't been much time leftover to make new friends. A week before the "first day" festivities, I sent home playdate calling cards.
I also arranged to meet some fellow neighborhood kids and their mamas at a nearby park for pizza, cookies, juice boxes, and fun. Not only did it give little J an opportunity to meet a few students who would be in his class, but it gave me a chance to meet their moms, socialize, and form some neighborhood acquaintances, too.
These would be great to send home with students in your child's class, too.
Little J is always saying he wants "so-and-so" to come over and play, but I don't know their parents or their contact information. So, this is a great way to break the ice and organize some social opportunities for your little.
You never know. The kiddos might not be the only ones to make new friends.