Portsmouth Elementary

Summer Learning Recommendations

A letter from your Principals

Dear Portsmouth Elementary Families,

Thank you to all of our families for your partnership throughout the year. While we found ourselves in some unprecedented times, we came together to ensure that our students continued to learn and grow and feel connected. We are so proud of our students for all of their hard work!

While we are sure that you have a wonderful summer planned for your entire family, it is our hope that you would encourage your child to set a few minutes aside each day to exercise their brain by continuing to read and engage in fun math activities. Dedicating at least 2 hours per week to reviewing math concepts, along with independent reading, will prevent your child from losing the skills that he/she has learned throughout the school year. Choice Boards can be found on the elementary school websites. Students are encouraged to record and share their thoughts with family members.

We wish you a safe and happy summer!

All the best,

Principal Little and Principal Laurie

Summer Storytime Series Thursdays at 7:00p

Please use this link to join:

https://portsmouthschoolsri-org.zoom.us/j/86340880460?pwd=eU9JVXVsOERlK21qa1ZBU3hEVXYyQT09 Meeting ID: 863 4088 0460 Passcode: 773937
Please note, we will begin promptly at 7:00. Once the story begins, we will not be able to admit anyone else from the waiting room.

This Zoom link is for Hathaway and Melville families ONLY and should not be shared on social media.

Resources for All Levels

  • For independent reading this summer, please review the activities below:
  • Sign up for Scholastic’s Home Base & Summer Read-A-Palooza. Find out more information about this awesome free resource here.

  • Choose activities from the reading choice board.

For summer math fun, please review these activities:

  • Choose activities from the math choice boards. Included are games to play as a family, K-4.

  • Grade-specific math practice can be found at the end of the math packet. Please use the practice designed for the grade they are ready to begin. (ie Kindergarten students complete First Grade Ready pages)
  • Summer Reads for K-5
  • Summer Math K-8

Portsmouth Public Library

Let’s not forget about our Free Public Library! The Portsmouth Free Public Library will be offering flexible options for their Summer Reading program, allowing families to participate virtually or in person. Storytime, take home crafts, raffles and more will be available this summer. To register for summer reading, visit the library starting on June 14th. For more information on the summer reading program, look here! And for a message from the Portsmouth Free Public Library’s children’s librarian, click here!

Looking for book recommendations? Those students entering grades 3-5 next year can find the Rhode Island Children Book Award nominees here. This is a great list of books!

Here are some other lists with great book recommendations:

We Are Kid Lit Summer Reading 2021

American Library Services for Children Grades K-2

American Library Services for Children Grades 3-5

Meet the new Children's Librarian

The new children's librarian at Portsmouth Free Public Library is Olivia Seymour. She has created this video about the Summer Reading Program.

Students Entering Grades 1-3

Digital Platforms available until August, 9, 2021

Students entering Grade 4

Digital Platforms available until August, 9, 2021

Summer Camps & Activities

Places to Visit

Feinstein Card Venues

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium welcomes our Jr. Scholars and an accompanying adult for up to three admissions every year until they are 16. Due to Covid-19, reservations must be made in advance.
For reservations and Jr. Scholar Card details, click here!

Slater Park Carousel

Slater Park Carousel is now open to our Jr. Scholars for up to 4 free carousel rides AND free popcorn! Hours of operation are 2pm - 5pm on weekends only at this time. All patrons entering the carousel will receive a COVID screening which will include a temperature check. For full carousel details, click here!

Rock Spot Climbing

Jr. Scholars can now enjoy one free day pass to ANY Rock Spot Climbing location! To review their temporary Covid-19 policies and local gym volumes, click here!

Around the State

  • Town of Portsmouth, “Best of Both” Camp and “Water Adventure” Camp


To register visit: Portsmouthri.recdesk.com or contact wbulk@portsmouthri.com

  • Newport Art Museum


  • Newport County YMCA Summer Camps 2021


  • Aquidneck Island Day Camp


  • Sail Newport Summer

Summer Recreational Programs

  • CAMP HAPPY TAILS: at the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 401-846-0592 www.potterleague.org

  • LONGPLEX SUMMER SPORT CAMP: (401) 816-6650 - 300 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI 02878. Please give us a call or visit longplex.com you register today.

  • Portsmouth Public Library

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