June 14, 2013
This week, we had the pleasure of listening to our young musicians perform in their spring concert. One of the most gratifying experiences for teachers (and principals) is the moment when “it all comes together for your students” . The concert was one of those magical moments for all of us. Thank you to Mr. Schmaus and Mrs. Cohen for the work they have done all year to bring our musicians to this place of confidence and success!
As the year wraps up, we need to talk about summer reading. One thing we know for sure is that students who read daily, read better, longer, and with greater comprehension. The research is clear ... strong readers become strong students. The job of an elementary school is to build capacity for literacy in students from Pre-K all the way through fifth grade. Each June, we establish a reading goal with our students. This is typically related to reading daily. Students are asked to log the pages they have read as a means for assessing their success in achieving that goal. This summer we have also asked our readers to consider making a plan to create a reading partnership. Our hope is that partners will communicate about books they are reading across many different modalities. Students who go to camp may choose to be pen pals with a reading partner, while others may choose to talk on the phone. Some may choose to chat about their books at the pool and some may organize a book club. Please know the goal for this is not to add pressure to your summer schedules, but rather we are hoping to continue to spark a love of reading and books in our students. Please visit our website, once school has ended, for reading lists by level and all of the necessary information about summer reading.
Enjoy this weekend with your children!
June 19- New Kindergarten Orientation with H.S.A. 9:00-10:00 a.m.
June 21- Fifth grade Awards Ceremony-9:00-10:00 a.m.
June 26- 12:15 Clap Out