The PRES Press

Principal's Monthly Newsletter, June 2018

A Message from Principal Amy Fishkin

Please enjoy our last edition of The PRES Press for the 2017-2018 school year. Wishing you all a restful, relaxing and enjoyable summer. Hope you will have a chance to try something new, make a new friend, spend time outdoors, read a good book, and write a letter to someone! We look forward to welcoming you back to school in September 2018!

Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, our fifth grade families enjoyed a special celebration as our fifth grade students prepare to Move Up to Fox Lane Middle School. As part of a PRES tradition for the past 18 years, students learned three styles of ballroom dancing, including the hustle, meringue, and swing. Throughout the dance program, students used the skills of cooperation, trust, and communication to work together with their dance partners. "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss

Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony photos

All-School Moving Up Assembly

On the last day of school, a well-known PRES tradition, is the Moving Up assembly. The student body enjoyed watching the fifth graders perform their ballroom dance routines. Then, we enjoyed singing the Moving Up song, as each grade level moved up to the next grade level. We ended the assembly with the traditional 5th grade Name Song and Fox Lane Middle School song. A wonderful last day of school!

Moving Up Assembly photos

Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer slide is the phrase to describe the backwards slide or loss of skills students experience if they do not keep up their reading and math skills over the summer. It is possible for students to regress 2-3 months over the summer if they do not practice their reading and math skills. Reading for as little as 20 minutes per day will help to prevent the summer slide and may even help your child make reading progress and return to school in September in good shape!

Your child has worked very hard to get to where he/she is in reading today. Let’s not let the summer break get in the way of all that progress. To foster growth over the summer here are some strategies for your child to practice with your support.

Tricky Word Strategies:

  • Does that word make sense in the sentence? Try to re-read and think about it.
  • What word would make sense in this sentence?
  • Get your mouth ready… What letter do you see at the beginning? What sound does that letter make?
  • What word would make sense that begins with that letter/sound?
  • Is there anything in the picture that might help you with this word?
  • Read the sentence again to see if that make sense.
  • Try skipping the word to see if the rest of the sentence will help you figure it out. Then go back and reread.

Fluency and Expression:

  • Model fluent reading by reading aloud to your child
  • Read together with your child – You read a page, your child reads a page.
  • Repeated reading of a familiar text noting how the child sounds
  • Echo Reading (leader reads a section and group or child repeats the same section)
  • Read poems and sing songs
  • Preview a text for tricky words
  • Match your voice to a character’s personality or feelings

Reading Comprehension Strategies:

  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • How do you think your character feels?
  • Why do you think the character…?
  • What kind of person do you think the character is and why?

Here is a great article from the International Literacy Association with tips for reducing the summer reading slide: Ten Tips For Reducing The Summer Slide

Enjoy the Summer! We'll see you in September 2018!