Pothier Newsletter

June 2016

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Families,
I cannot believe that we are already in the month of June! I am so proud of the progress that our students made this year!

Please practice with your child math facts and simple math skill/drill activities to support the learning made this year. I also encourage you to go to Harris Public Library to support your child with reading skills. This is a great opportunity to read to your child, take out books, and teach responsibility. It's also a lot of fun! We also have summer reading and the lists will be available at the Harris Public Library. The school will also be sending them out on the last day of school.

During the summer, please browse through our school website for updated information and events. We will be sending out our Open House Welcome Back flyers over the summer. We hope to see you there!

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Mrs. Celeste Conti

Happy Summer!

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School News

Preschool News

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year! For many of our preschoolers it means it is time to get ready to say goodbye to preschool and begin to look ahead to a new and exciting adventure... Kindergarten!!! We are so proud of all the accomplishment our preschool students have made this year. We look forward to celebrating all of their hard work at out end of the year preschool celebrations. Specific dates and times for each individual class will be coming very soon!! Thank you to the parents for all of your support this year and we look forward to enjoying the remainder of the school year!!

Kindergarten News

June will be a very busy month in Kindergarten! We will be getting ready for our Kindergarten Celebrations. We are learning the differences between fiction and nonfiction books. We are learning about the life cycle of butterflies by observing them in our classrooms. We are very excited for them to come out of their chrysalis! We will also be getting ready for First grade by practicing our reading and writing skills. Please keep an eye out for information on the celebrations and other end of year notices.

First Grade News

It's a very busy time in the first grade! Many classes have field trips and fun end of the year activities planned! We are working hard in math and are ending the year learning about shapes, time and fractions. The children have learned so much using the new Eureka math program! Summer is almost here so be on the lookout for this year's summer reading assignments! We are looking forward to lots of fun and learning before summer vacation!

Second Grade News

Wow, it seems like only yesterday our second graders started on their journey of learning. Even though we are heading into the last weeks of school there is still plenty to be done. Our second graders are learning about plants in science, arrays in math, and continuing to work on their reading skills.

Parent Corner

Summer Reading Tips

1. Read aloud together with your child every day.

Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

2. Set a good example!

Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.

This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction.

It will only discourage the reading habit.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability.

Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.

6. Take your children to the library regularly.

Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.

7. Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World.

Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.

Present both children with postcards or envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have access to the Internet, email is another option.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.

Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.

Tape in souvenirs of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.


Don't Forget to Do Your Summer Reading!


Governor Pothier has been selected by Scholastic as the winning school in Rhode Island for the first-ever Dav Pilkey ‘Be a Reading Superhero’ Educator Contest and will receive a new book for every student to bring home to kick-off summer reading. The contest is in support of the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – a free reading program that helps kids take a “summer leap” into books and keep kids reading all summer.
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PTO News

The June PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 in the Library. Please come and join us! Let's make a difference, together.

Monthly Calendar

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