Dear Primary C Families,
With only a few days left in our year, we’re still going strong in Primary C. Next week, we’ll have our science project sharing, a visit from I’m a Frog songwriter (and Chester Children’s Chorus director) John Alston, and graduation.
Along with the great activities still to come, we also are taking time for the important work of end-of-year reflection. It’s an opportunity to think about and affirm our learning process and how we’ve grown in knowing ourselves as learners. We’re savoring the satisfaction of having worked hard at learning individually and collectively. We’re affirming our strong community and the significance of every child in the group.
Good endings are as important as good beginnings. We hope that the children will feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments this year.
With summer break around the corner, we encourage you to include some reading and math practice in your planning. Top education experts have a few tips for families to help their children avoid the summer brain drain and make warm weather reading easy and a lot of fun!*
- Explore your local library.
- Encourage your child to read at least four to six books over the summer break. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.
- Read daily.
- Read to your child.
- Check out the book list recommendations we’ll send home next week. Students will be bringing home a summer reading list with “good fit” book suggestions. Along with the reading list will be a summer math packet that will give your child important practice in math skills and keep them sharp for next year! Look for opportunities to find math in everyday activities, and have fun with numbers, using measuring, shapes, patterns, time telling, and money! Please note that customized assignments are available only in the packet sent home with your child next week; more general lists and math activities will be available online on the Student Page of the school website.
Follow these recommendations above, and your child will be in good shape to begin next school year.
Speaking of next year, students will participate in Move-Up Day next Monday. Current 2nd graders will visit a 3rd grade classroom to meet the teachers, learn a little more about life in 3rd grade, and have lunch in a new space. Our current 1st graders will act as hosts for visiting kindergartners, sharing all of their expertise about Primary Unit with some of their potential future classmates.
Here are a few other housekeeping items about next week:
Please have your child bring in a large paper grocery bag or reusable bag by next Tuesday. Next week we will be sending home lots of work from the year, and we find that often there isn’t room for everything in children’s backpacks.
Weather permitting, we will go to The Schuylkill Center on Wednesday, as usual. Please make sure to send a full water bottle with your child.
Primary Unit students will be part of the graduation ceremony for only a few moments, singing a song to the graduates. Students need not dress up in special clothing for this performance, although they may if they’d like to.
Remember that all students will be dismissed in the yard next Friday at 11:30, immediately after graduation. There will be no ASEP or clubs. Buses will still be running.
So, we’re bringin’ it in hot, not ready to give it up. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us.
Jennifer and Jane
*from the Florida Education Association