Did you Know?
- Kids can lose up to 3 months of educational ground over the summer months.
- Research indicates over 2 months of reading progress (roughly 20% of the school year's gain) can be lost over a 3 month summer.
- Teachers spend about a month reviewing prior learning at the beginning of the school year to recover the lost skills.
- There is a cumulative effect to this regression when it occurs year after year. The result is a widening gap in educational skills.
- It doesn't have to happen...
What Can Families Do to Keep Children Reading During the Summer?
As children's first and most important teachers, families have a major role to play in motivating children to read during the summer months. There are many strategies families might employ to encourage summertime reading:
Combine activities with books.
Summer leaves lots of time for kids to enjoy fun activities, such as going to the park, seeing a movie, or going to the beach. Why not also encourage them to read a book about the activity? If you're going to a baseball game, suggest that your child read a book about a favorite player beforehand. In the car or over a hot dog, you'll have lots of time to talk about the book and the game.
Visit the library.
If your child doesn't have a library card, summer is a great time to sign up for one. In addition to a wide selection of books to borrow, many libraries have fun, child-friendly summer reading programs.
Lead by example.
Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor's office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that literature can be a fun and important part of their summer days.
Talk it up.
Talking with your kids about what you have read also lets them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you—soon they might start doing the same.
Help kids find time to read.
Summer camp, music lessons, baseball games, and videos are all fun things kids like to do during the summer. However, by the end of the day, children may be too tired to pick up a book. When planning summer activities with children, remember to leave some time in their schedules for reading. Some convenient times may be before bedtime or over breakfast.
Relax the rules for summer.
During the school year, children have busy schedules and often have required reading for classes. Summer is a time when children can read what, when, and how they please. Don't set daily minute requirements or determine the number of pages they should read. Instead, make sure they pick up books for fun and help find ways for them to choose to read on their own. You may even want to make bedtime a little bit later if you find that your child can't put down a book.
Have plenty of reading material around.
Storybooks aren't the only thing that kids can read for fun. Be sure to have newspapers, magazines, and informational material on hand that might spark the interest of a young reader.
Use books to break the boredom.
Without the regular school regimen, adults and kids need more activities to fill the hours. Books that teach kids how to make or do something are a great way to get kids reading and keep them occupied. Don't forget to take your kids' favorite reading series along on long road trips.
Read aloud with kids.
Take your children to see a local storyteller or be one yourself. The summer months leave extra time for enthusiastic read-alouds with children, no matter what their age. Don't forget to improvise different voices or wear a silly hat to make the story that much more interesting!
Attention 3rd and 4th grade parents
We have lots of great reading programs and activities going on at BPES! Here are some important dates/deadlines...
BOGO Book Fair-May 7-11
All Library Books Due-May 11
Spring Event - BOGO Book Fair & Foam Party-May 11. Book fair begins at 5:30. Foam party is from 6:00-8:00
Bette Perot Elementary Severe Weather – Special Instructions Regarding Lightening, Hail, and Heavy Rain at Arrival & Dismissal Time
For the safety of staff and students we will not go outside the building when there is lightning or hail. We will not dismiss until 15 min. after the last sound of thunder or observation of lightning. If we are currently experiencing these types of weather, remaining in the building is the safest place to be. The awnings are effective protection from sun and rain, but they do not protect against lightning and hail.
Releasing 700 students safely during lightning will be a slow process. Please expect delays and help us by being patient with this process. The safety of our students is always our first priority.
Special Severe Weather Instructions:
Arrival- When there is lightning in the area, parents may wait until the weather has cleared or parents may park and walk their child into the building. District staff will not be outside to receive students. Staff members will greet students as early as 7:30 A.M. as they enter the building and we will supervise the students in the cafeteria and gym.
Dismissal- When there is lightning or hail we will not release students out of the building until a parent comes in and escorts them outside. Parents may not wave from the car for their child to be dismissed. Parents may wait until the weather has cleared or parents may park and walk up to the appropriate dismissal location (carrying their pick up sign).
Heavy Rain (NO Lightning or hail) – This process is slow. Thank you for your patience.
- Walkers and bike riders will be held in the Music Room until the rain subsides or a parent comes to the North doors (by the gym) to pick up their child. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.
- Kinder & 3rd grade will wait in the kindergarten hallway. Parents may walk up to the kindergarten hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line.
- 1st grade will wait in the first grade hallway. Parents may walk up to the 1st grade hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.
- 2nd & 4th grade will wait in the second grade hallway. Parents may walk up to the 2nd grade hall doors to pick up their child or come through the car pick up line. Student will be escorted to the car by a teacher.
In Case of Lightning or Hail -
- Students and staff will remain indoors when lightning or hail are present. Unless parent comes to the dismissal location, we will not dismiss until 15 min. after the last sound of thunder or observation of lightning.
- Similar to the heavy rain process, students will be located in the hallways as indicated above. Parents may go to the appropriate dismissal location to request their child (with proper identification or car pick up sign). Students will be released to parent/guardian at that time. Teachers will NOT escort students to cars while we are experiencing lightning or hail.
Save the Dates...
- Campus Closed...June 18 - July 15
- Meet the Teacher...August 9th
- First Day of School....August 15th
Need to Know...
We have built an extra co-cur rotation into our schedule this school year. Each grade level has a designated day of the week on which the students attend their extra co-cur class. Below is a schedule you may find helpful as you plan for your week.
The additional rotation is at 2:25 each day. The designated days by grade level are:
Kindergarten on Monday; 1st grade on Tuesday; 2nd grade on Wednesday; 3rd grade on Thursday; 4th grade on Friday.
The schedule below lists which co-cur rotation students will be attending each week over the next nine weeks. For example, the week of January 8th your student's extra rotation will be with the co-cur class they typically attend each Tuesday.
May 7 - Wednesday
May 14 - Thursday
May 21 - We won't have an additional co-curricular rotation this week
May 7 - 11 - BOGO Book Fair
Book-nic will be on May 9 during all lunch periods
May 11 - Spring Event
6:00 - 8:00
Book Fair begins at 5:30
May 14-15 - STAAR testing (Make-up testing 5/16-17)
Campus will be closed May 14-17
May 22 - Kindergarten Graduation
8:15 - Rhodes, Sullivan, Vaughan
9:15 - Lassen, Smith, Wilson
May 23 - End of Year Parties
2nd grade 9:40-9:50
1st grade 10:50-11:50
4th grade 12:00-1:00
3rd grade 1:10-2:10
May 24 - Fourth Grade Send Off
9:30 in the cafeteria