July 24 - 10:30-12:30
August 12 - 10:30-12:30
August 26 - 10:30-12:30
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that this letter finds you eagerly anticipating a fun filled summer vacation with your family. I write this to encourage all of you to read with your children as regularly as possible to sustain essential reading comprehension skills developed during the 2019-2019 school year.
Studies of summer reading practices done by James Kim an Assistant Professor of education from Harvard have concluded that “when children get help choosing skill-appropriate books and read those books over summer break, both independently and with guidance from family members, reading achievement scores can improve significantly. In addition, parents and guardians should ask questions about the story to make certain that students are getting the gist of the story”. If the child seems to be struggling with a text, there is a simple way to assess whether the book is above the child’s reading level.
An adult can ask the child to read 100 words from the book. Ask the child to hold up a finger for every word that is too difficult to figure out. If the child holds up more than five fingers, the book is likely too difficult. The Lexile Framework measures a child’s reading level. It can be found online at www.lexile.com. It is easy to refer to for guidance in choosing summer reading materials with your child.
With that being said, we have decided to allow each child going into first through third grades to check out three books from our school library for enjoyment over the summer. I will be at the school in July and August at the times above to offer students the opportunity to complete an exchange. You will receive an email with the dates and times in the near future.
Students have learned proper book care throughout the school year. I have confidence that students will be able to borrow the books and return them, unharmed, in the fall of 2019.
Cynthia S. Darcy