Title I Newsletter

Neshaminy School District, April 2021

Dear Neshaminy Families,

The NSD Title I Newsletter is published to keep you up to date and informed about what is happening in our Title I program. This issue provides families with strategies and resources to support learners in both reading and math. The blue buttons throughout the newsletter are links to articles, activities and parent resources. Don't forget to attend one of our virtual workshops that are happening throughout the month of April!


Ms. Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist & Coordinator


Save the dates for upcoming virtual parent workshops! Neshaminy Title I invites you to attend 3 newly developed workshops for parents on Early Reading Skills. The workshops will be presented by the literacy specialists from our 4 Neshaminy Title I schools. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the best ways to support your child’s reading development. You will also receive activities and materials to use at home with your child.

Additionally, register and attend at least one of the workshops and your child(dren) will receive a bonus gift from Neshaminy Title I. Each student is limited to one bonus gift.

Click the below links to register:

Wednesday, April 14th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 21st, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 28th, 6:30 PM

**Parents are welcome to attend any workshop that is of interest. The grade span guidelines indicate which parents would benefit most from a given workshop.

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Reading

Get the basic facts about what it takes for a young child to learn to read, best practices in teaching reading, the importance of oral language in literacy development, why so many children struggle, and more in this overview. Click here to read the full article!

By: Reading Rockets

Asking Questions to Encourage Thinking About Reading

To deepen your child’s comprehension of material that he/she is reading, ask questions that encourage him/her to:

1. Consider cause and effect. How were the characters affected by one another’s actions?

2. Explain the central message. Did the author have a clear opinion or point to make? What was it? Does your child agree or disagree?

3. Make connections to real-life. If the story is about a lion, for example, what does he/she know about lions is like or differs from the details in the story?

4. Make connections across texts. Does this story remind you of another story you have read? How is it a the same or different?

5. Consider author's purpose. Why did the author write this story/text? What did they want you to learn? Does author wish to persuade, inform or entertain the reader?

Parent Question Stem Bookmark for ELA

This bookmark serves as a great quick reference anytime parents are reading with their children. It includes both literature and nonfiction question stems to deepen your child's comprehension.

Building Reading Stamina

Having stamina for something means being able to stick with something for periods of time. This stamina, or endurance, builds strength. Stamina can apply to lots of different areas, such as exercise or painting. It can also apply to reading.

Picture Books that Inspire Math Learning!

Picture books about math are the perfect cross-curricular tool to introduce your kids to complex concepts and mathematical thinking. Below are math concept book lists by grade level. You may want to include some books from these lists in your child's home library.

Kindergarten Math Picture Books

1st Grade Math Picture Books

2nd Grade Math Picture Books

3rd Grade Math Picture Books

4th Grade Math Picture Books


Math homework can go beyond simply being frustrating, and even induce math anxiety. Finding ways to simplify math homework makes it less intimidating and more manageable.

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Neshaminy Adopts i-Ready Math...

i-Ready Classroom Mathematics (K–8) is a comprehensive core mathematics program that makes math accessible to all students. This year, Neshaminy adopted i-Ready Mathematics in elementary classrooms k-4. Everything works together to support teachers and empower students to connect to mathematics in new ways. The program includes:

  • An instructional design that allows students to take ownership of their learning
  • Rigorous practice opportunities that build students’ conceptual understanding and procedural fluency
  • In-depth reports that enable instructional decisions so teachers can help students reach their greatest potential

Below are 3 resources designed to support families with i-Ready at home.

Navigating the i-Ready Bookshelf

We believe families should have the tools and resources to support their student’s learning at home. Here you will find step-by-step instructions for accessing those resources at home.

i-Ready Fridge Tips

Use these i-Ready tips and tools to prepare, support and celebrate your child!

What is Title I?

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from families that may have various disadvantages. The federal funding is used to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Title I is the largest of the federally funded education programs.

This year, there are 4 Schoolwide Title I Schools at Neshaminy School District, Ferderbar, Hoover, Miller, and Schweitzer. As such, our Title I funds and services can provide comprehensive strategies for improving the entire school so that every student achieves high levels of academic proficiency. Listed below are some of the benefits to being a Schoolwide Title I school:

  • All students may participate in Title I funded initiatives
  • Maximizes flexibility in using Federal funds
  • Serves as a vehicle for whole-school reform with focus on improving achievement of lowest- achieving students.
  • Addresses student needs through a Schoolwide plan based on a comprehensive needs assessment.

How Families Can Get Involved in Title I

Parents/guardians are notified about Title I services and encouraged to participate in school activities/meetings. Families may participate in informational meetings and learning opportunities throughout the school year. Parents/guardians are provided information via newsletters, emails, social media, conferences, school web pages, meetings and workshops.


Learn more about Title I at Neshaminy !

Neshaminy School District

Please feel free to contact Michelle Burkholder, Director of Elementary Education, at anytime with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Neshaminy School District Title I.