regardless of how you feel about summer ending, those of us with kids in school can all rejoice a bit in the return to a familiar routine and feel exited about the start of a new school year for our youngsters (even if they may be a bit less enthusiastic then we parents are). Our September issue this year explores some Back-to-School stories you may not be expecting: our WestCoast Mom, Peggy Lee, is a formerly high-powered businesswoman who, after having her daughter two years ago, decided to put her formidable energy into redefining what a preschool can be with her new endeavour, Little Sunshine Academy. Mark and Monica Gonzales write about what family life with two little ones is like when the main breadwinner parent goes back to medical school, and our talented teen correspondent Karina Alibhai tells us about what tech tools you might be interested in for your kids at all their growing stages. Once again we did a lot of organizing and had a lot of fun putting together our Back-to-School photo shoot, and we were thrilled to work with some amazing local companies who made our little models look so cool they feel (almost) ready to go back to the grind. See the resources section to find out where you can pick up some of these awesome looks for kids. If the end of summer still seems a bit depressing, our suggestion is to start planning your next sunny getaway for when the weather starts to get more Vancouver-y! Jodi Iverson tells us all about her great California Caper and gives us some wonderful destination ideas to escape the frigid weather. Another idea is to stop moping about summer ending and start planning your next skiing/snowshoeing/snowboarding/stormwatching adventure. WestCoast Families will be there with great family suggestions and helpful tips every step of the way so don’t miss our fall issues. Happy back to school everyone!