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Greetings from First Grade!

                  Everyone did a great job on our final spelling test. Please continue to read and write everyday over the summer months. Since the weather is going to be much warmer than we are used to this week, please send a water bottle in with your child so we can stay properly hydrated.


1.) Friday, June 16th School Picnic at Santaro Park. First Grade is to wear orange please. Students are to bring a lunch. Please do not send any bottles. Students may bring sports equipment that they can easily transport on a school bus. Please refrain from any hard equipment like bats, baseballs, lacrosse balls. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school.

2.) Kindergarten Graduation: We will be in need of assistance from 5:45-6:45, and then from 6:45-7:45. Please email me and let me know if you are able to assist.

Week 2: Preventing the "Summer Slide" in academics:

MONDAY: Make Something Monday…can you make a new toy? There are many simple science experiments that can be created using the outdoors.

TUESDAY: Time to Read Tuesday…visit your local library

WEDNESDAY: What's Cooking Wednesday?  Cooking and baking with your child can help them use practical math skills like measuring, writing (helping you create your grocery list for the week)

THURSDAY: Be Thoughtful Thursday…write notes to family, do something nice for a neighbor.

FRIDAY: Somewhere Fun Friday…explore local waterfalls, historical sites, museums

As always, thank you for everything you do for your child and our school community!

Yours truly, 
Mrs. Blake :)              

Week 1 of How to Prevent "Summer Academic Slide"

                                                            TIPS FOR PREVENTING THE SUMMER SLIDE:

1.  Visit your local library!  Help your child find “right fit books.  Right fit books are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level.  You can use the five finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child.  Open the book to a page with many words.  Have your child begin reading the text.  Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know.  If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently.  Feel free to still check out the book!  It just may be a book you want to read with your child.

2.  Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.  According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words!  That’s huge!  If reading isn’t one of your child’s top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program.

3. Set a good example.  When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable.

4. Read to your child.  When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language.  Be sure to read with expression!  Changing your voice for the different characters in the story and increasing volume for exciting parts are only a few ways to make reading interesting.

5. Read with your child –explore different types of reading like poetry.  For our little ones, poetry is great way to improve phonemic awareness skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme.  For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency.

6. Read for different purposes.  Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways to incorporating reading.

7. Games with Words.  There are tons of ways to have fun learning letters and sight words.  

8. If you have an iPad, try downloading a few interactive books.  There are also lots of reading games that keep children engaged.

**Information from maketaketeach.com


1.) This is the last week of homework!

2.) Friday, June 9th Beach Party at 6:30 pm

3.) Friday, June 16th School Picnic at Santaro Park. The first grade is to wear orange please.

4.) Tuesday, June 20th Kindergarten Graduation. It is Holy Family tradition that the first grade families help with set up, serving, and clean up for the Kindergarten Graduation to allow those families to enjoy their child's accomplishments. Please be on the look-out this week for a sign-up.

As always, thank you for everything you do for your child and our school community!

Yours truly,

Mrs. Blake :)