Back of Lil Tip: Help Your Child Adjust to a New School The Obama girls started their new school, Sidwell Friends, yesterday. While most students don't ride to school in a motorcade flanked by the Secret Service, a mid-year transition can be difficult for any child. As Malia and Sasha move into their new digs, the White House, they will also be forging new friendships and getting familiar with their surroundings. If your tot is adjusting to a new educational environment, help them along by hosting a party so they can get acquainted with their peers, reaching out to other parents in the PTA and keeping the lines of communication open in case your youngster wants to chat. View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Source Comments lickety-split 8 years aww, poor little girls. i hope they come to think of this time in their lives as an adventure rather than feeling scared and like they are circus freaks.