There are tons of posts out there about new students and how to be prepared for them when they come knocking on your door. This is one of my favorites:
Ladybug's is one of the best that I've seen. There are several others out there that help you get your ducks in a row.. However, my ducks weren't even ready to be seen today.. let alone being in a row. But, I got a new friend today.
Here's where my post has different advice: My sweet friend comes from a rough school and I do believe was a bit more on edge than need be.
My prayers are with him as he adjusts to a new school. So my advice? Over load them with kindness. I know, not original but something tells me that this sweet friend will be a bit of a challenge. So, while you are keeping in mind how to get all the "things" ready, think about how you will also approach the sweet one and take care of them in the new scary school.