YOU MADE IT! One of the most important years in your child's school life is about to be complete. This year taught your child so many things but mostly that school is a great place to be and that they are completely capable of "doing school." This foundation for happy learning will carry them through the next few years as they continue to learn and grow.
This week will be crazy! Here are a few of the items on your child's schedule:
Monday - Junior Achievement will be teaching our littles about financial literacy.
Tuesday - our most "normal" day. We will practice with the 8th graders for graduation. There will be an awards ceremony in the morning and a talent show in the afternoon. We will also attend our second grade friend's Reader's Theater.
Wednesday - We will help our 8th graders graduate. We will walk them in and help them get seated and watch them graduate.
Thursday - Field Day!
Some points to consider for Field Day:
Check the weather. We have had hot frying pan days, and freezing cold rainy days, for Field Day in the past. Please make decisions based on the weather as much as possible.
Have your child wear water clothes. Boys can wear swim bottoms and a shirt, girls can wear a one piece swim suit with shorts and a Tshirt over it. Children can also wear shorts and a T shirt that can get wet and is comfortable. You can send a towel but be sure to mark it with a name.
No socks, please! The kids will be moving from water activities to bounce houses or other dry activities. Socks tend to get lost at the stops along the way. Also, it works better if your child is able to wear shoes that they can slip on and off easily so that they don't lose a lot of time between activities trying to manage their shoes.
Please send in a snack. We will stop for a snack break along our journey to keep them from getting hungry.
Please send in a plastic bag that we can put extra wet items into at the end of the day.
****MOST IMPORTANT! Please sunscreen your child very well before sending them in to school on field day. By the time I notice they are getting pink, it is too late! Additionally, I won't know if a child does or doesn't have sunscreen on. I don't want anyone's day to be ruined by a painful sunburn.
Several Questions about summer have come up. If you have questions, please let me know because others are likely to have those same questions too!
A parent asked about the summer bridge books that I recommended in the last blog. These are readily available at Barnes and Noble and even Costco. However, I found a large amount on Amazon. The only drawback is that you can't look through the book to see what it contains. An example, not an endorsement, can be found at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Bridge-Activities-Grades-Activities/dp/1483815803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495375024&sr=8-1&keywords=summer+bridge+activities+k-1
Additionally there was a question about children's reading levels and how to find good books for summer reading. Your child's reading level will be reported on their report card, however, I find that this information is very limited help in choosing books. At school, we have been using a reading website call Epic! Here is the link: https://www.getepic.com Children can listen to books or read themselves. The site is free for classrooms but I think that there is a small fee for home use. There is a trial subscription that is free as well. Additionally, I will be sending home a letter from the RazKids site. This will come home on Wednesday with the report card. You can access free reading books on that site. The kids can read right on the website, and at some levels, can even take a comprehension test to see how well they read. I know this doesn't sound like fun but the kids really like it! I have set the site up with a level for your child to start reading. The level is on the easy side as they learn to use the site. They can just move up as the reading becomes easier for them. Finally, one of the best ways to keep your child reading is to join the County Library's Summer Reading Program. They have incentives and fun extra activities to keep your child interested and moving forward over the summer.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve your family this year. Together we have made an amazing group of enthusiastic learners that are ready to go on to first grade. However, the summer is LONG. Please be diligent in helping your child to maintain their skills. Let me know if I can be of help to you or answer any questions that arise.
Happy last week,