WPES Reader

Literacy In May


I can't believe this school year is quickly coming to an end. I know we are all ready for summer and some much needed rest and relaxation. However, we still have 4 weeks of school left to help prepare our students for next year. Acccording to research, students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 22% of their reading level. That means 2 months of school, down the drain! I know this time of year is always crazy with testing, special events, etc. and that means we have even less time to teach. My encouargement is to FINISH STRONG!

Think about our struggling readers for a moment...If they do not have anyone cheering them on to read, it is very likely that they will not read any over the summer. Now let's think about May. If their reading time falls short due to all the end of the year busyness, that is 4 more weeks of loss for them. This makes it almost impossible to catch up in one year. All subjects are important, and I get that when special things are going on, something has to go. Please continue to meet with your readers and encourage them to set reading goals for the summer if nothing else. Reading is the foundation of all learning. Eventually, if a student can't read, then he/she will struggle in math, science and social studies.

Thank you for all you do each and every day! This is such a special place to work and our kids love to learn. FOUR WEEKS...that is all! Finish Strong!

Summer Learning

Summer is a great break from school but it should NOT be a break from learning.

Here are some ideas to add to your classroom newsletter...

Start a family book club. Family member’s take turns reading the same book and then meeting to discuss what they liked and did not like. Because your reading level is probably slightly more advanced than your child’s, you will be able to breeze through the books, while creating family bonding time that enhances your child’s critical thinking skills.

Make visiting the library part of your summer plan. Local libraries often have summer book clubs, book readings and scheduled arts and crafts events — all activities that will keep your child’s mind engaged during vacation time.

Recruit a little planner. Are you going away this summer? If so, put your children in charge of planning at least one aspect of the trip. Give them maps, brochures and guides, and see how they use their skills to figure out a plan.

Real Men Read-5th Grade

Our 5th grade "Men" will be reading to K5-4th grade this month. This will be a great time to showcase our leaders in our school. There will be more details sent out in the near future. I hope you have enjoyed RMR this year.