Raleigh Hills Newsletter
June 4, 2021
Message from Mrs. DeMartino
Dear Raleigh Hills Community,
School this year was definitely not how I envisioned it when I was in my teacher preparatory program way back in the day. And while children may not have learned in the traditional way we have been used to, I push back against the idea that it was a lost year. I think kids have learned a lot about resilience, contributing to the family, and reading the news. I'm sure if you had a moment to reflect about all that the children in your care have learned, you could list many other lessons. It might be tempting to say that children have lost academics and they need to spend the summer doing workbook pages and playing catch up. I am ALWAYS an advocate for reading as much as humanly possible, and I encourage you to participate in summer reading programs. And for the rest of the time, I encourage play.
In a recent article I read in the Washington Post, it said, "This summer, children need to do self-initiated activities that are rewarding for their own sake. This will create happier children now and, as research has shown, lead to improved physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative outcomes later in life." I whole-heartedly agree. Now that it is looking safer to get outside and to be with friends, I think play dates, trips to the park and other activities away from screens are the order of the day. Maybe your student is into birds and wants to become a bird watcher. There are so many books and websites that can help you identify the birds you might see. Did you know that many zoos across the country have Zoo cams on various animals? If your child is interested in that, it might be fun to have them watch and keep a journal of their observations. What is your child interested in? Your middle schooler might organize a book club (or Tik Tok dance club, or a board game club) for their friends. Get your kids involved! I'm sure they will tell you some things that they'd love to dive into over the summer. As long as it's social and play-based, it will go a long way toward setting them up for success when we return in the fall. Those social skills will be needed just as much as the academics
Important Dates at RH!
Wednesday, June 9th - 10am -12pm - Clothes Closet in the front lobby
Wednesday, June 16th - 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, June 17th - 8th Grade Celebration
Friday, June 18th - Last Day of School for Students
Monday, June 21 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Elementary Device Return
Tuesday, June 22 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Elementary Device Return
Wednesday, June 23 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Elementary Device Return
Elementary Device Return - Return your tech and get a popsicle!
Elementary students will need to return all school-issued devices (e.g., iPad, Chromebook, charging cord, stylus, Hotspot, etc.) as soon as the school year ends. We have scheduled three Device Drop Off Days at Raleigh Hills for collection. Bring your devices to school and get a free popsicle!! Here's what you do:
- bring your devices and all the cords to the school
- get a ziploc bag from one of the tables
- label the bag with your student's name - one bag for each student
- put each child's devices and cords the bag and set it gently in the bins by the office door
- collect your popsicle!!
Collection Days and Times
Monday, June 21 - 8:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday, June 22 - 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 23 - 8:30am-3:30pm
Middle school students, including 8th graders, will keep their Chromebooks and take them to their next school!
School Supply Program - REPEAT
Raleigh Hills Elementary has partnered with EPI for your 2021-22 School Supply Program. Avoid the hassle of back-to-school supply shopping and get everything on your list.
To order, click on the link below and enter your School ID RAL005 for Raleigh Hills Elementary. Select the grade your child will be in next year and place your order. EPI will take care of everything else.
Student Help Desk
Hours: School Days 8:30-3:30Phone Number: 503 356-4656
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