STAR PARENTS NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2021

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We are excited to enter into the holiday season at Union Elementary!


DECEMBER CALENDAR

Dec. 1-14: STAR Testing & I-Ready Testing

Dec. 6: School Council (virtual) 5:30 PM

Dec. 10: Club Day

Dec. 15 : WIG (Wildly Important Goals) Celebration Day

Dec. 16: Super Star Friday

Dec. 17: Grade Level Holiday Carols; Last Day prior to Holiday Break

Dec. 20 - Jan. 4: Holiday

Jan. 5: Professional Learning Day (No Students)

Jan. 6: Students Return to School

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SMART Reading Tips for the Holidays

  1. Read for fun! Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories or the newest installment from a favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to set aside school books and read for fun. Make time for bedtime stories to create the routine and enjoy books on a daily basis.
  2. Stock up on books at the local library. Help your child pick out books they’re interested in reading over the winter break. Libraries may also have fun, free holiday activities throughout the break.

  3. Make the most of travel time. Turn travel time to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice reading. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see. Read street signs and billboards you see along the way.

  4. Create a new tradition. A little predictability is comforting for kids. Starting a special Winter Break Story Time can be a new tradition that links reading with happy memories. Hot cocoa and your favorite stories will have the whole family feeling comfy and cozy, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Visit Smartreading.org for more reading tips.

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