School Newsletter — February 26th, 2020
Note from the Principal
Dear Hazeldale Families,
Last week, Dr. Mary Ehrenworth, Senior Deputy Director of the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, presented on the topic, "What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert."
The achievement gap happens in the summer. Summer slide in reading levels can easily happen. For every 5 weeks of not reading, a student drops a reading level. Students who read in the summer go up a level. The shorter vacations are dress rehearsals for how the longer breaks will go. Start planning now for how to build in a rich reading life for your family at home this coming Spring Break in rehearsal for summer.
Students who read succeed. Families need to create experiences that celebrate reading. You certainly can’t discipline a student into reading, rather you have to love them into it by providing them with books that they find fascinating. Even with sports and other summer activities, make sure that students are reading throughout the summer months.
Mary acknowledged that graphic novels are sometimes viewed negatively by parents. Graphic novels are now the fastest growing area in publishing. Research shows that students who begin reading comics become avid readers over time. Mary’s advice was to not interrupt your student’s passion, instead, channel it.
Mary also commented on the importance of reading aloud. Advanced language comes from reading aloud to your student. When reading aloud, refer to pictures if any and provide students with meaning and context of new vocabulary. Don’t forget to make predictions along the way. Look for books that are mirrors and windows for your child by making sure that the authors and illustrators match the culture they’re writing about. Read series books that are above your student’s level multiple times so they’re almost memorized by the time your student reads them.
I hope these notes were helpful to you in supporting the reading habit at home. Please also find notes taken by a BSD staff member attached below (download the pdf) if you would like more information as well.
Working with you for kids,
Music Program for 2nd and 3rd Grades—Monday, March 2nd
Hazeldale Celebrates Read Across America Week—March 2nd-6th
- Friday, February 28th—LOST AND FOUND UNCLAIMED ITEMS DONATED (end of each month)—Please write your child's name on the tag of their clothing and we will be sure to get it back to them.
- March 2nd-6th—Read Across America Week (See Themes and Dress Up Days Above)
- Monday, March 2nd—2nd/3rd Grade Music Program "Sing a Song, Share a Story" 6-6:30 pm
- Sunday, March 8th—Daylight Savings—Spring Forward
- Monday, March 9th—PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
- Friday, March 13th—PTO Popcorn Friday
- Thursday, March 19th—Hazeldale Trailblazer Night (vs. Dallas Mavericks)
- Friday, March 20th—Principal's Coffee and Chat 8:35 am in Multipurpose Conference Room
- Friday March 20th—LOST AND FOUND UNCLAIMED ITEMS DONATED (end of each month)—Please write your child's name on the tag of their clothing and we will be sure to get it back to them.
- March 23-27 Spring Break—No School
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