ELL Newsletter

May

Dear ELL Families:

It is hard to believe but the school year is beginning to wrap up. The last ELL class is planned for Friday, June 3rd. We are also planning our end of year kindergarten picnic for June 1. In the event of rain the picnic will be held on June 3. We will not have ELL on whatever day the picnic takes place.

Throughout this newsletter, enjoy some photos of our kindergarten chick experience!

Academics

As you know, Springfield offers a summer program to help ensure children do not decline in the progress they’ve made during the school year. For some children summer slide can lead to a drop in 2 or more reading levels. At this formative time in your child’s education; when he is building important foundational skills, this decrease can have lasting effects. Mrs. B and I recommend that all children who attend ELL attend summer school. Our students have made so much growth this year and we want to ensure that the progress they’ve gained is maintained or enhanced. Even if your child will not be able to attend the full program, please consider sending him/her for as much of the session as you can. We make it fun and the children really enjoy the experience.

Something to Try...

Letter writing! Try writing a short letter to your child and invite him/her to write a response back to you. You could also invite a distant relative to begin the process. Let inventive spelling lead the way and invite your child to try his/her best to write out the sounds he/she hears in each word.

Book Recommendations

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Golden Books

  • Biscuit’s Day at the Farm by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

  • Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

  • Farming by Gail Gibbons

  • The Little Red Hen by Golden Books

Featured Website

http://pbskids.org/ Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

Reminders

    • May 9 - Kindergarten lunch in the cafeteria 11:10-11:40; ELL after lunch

    • May 12 - Art show at PALMS 6-8

    • May 26 - Field day

    • May 30 - Memorial Day, NO School

    • May 31 - Volunteer Luncheon and SEPTA meeting 11:30-1:00

    • June 1 - Kindergarten picnic - NO ELL

    • June 3 - Rain date for kindergarten picnic

    • June 3 - Last day for ELL

    • June 6 - 9: NO ELL

    • June 9 - Last day for students

    • June 9 - Kindergarten book party 10:30-11:30