JKES Resource Teachers' Newsletter


Reading Specialist Teachers May


What comes to mind when you think about summer with your children?




What comes to mind when you think about summer with your children? Swimming? Summer camp? Barbecues? Music in the park? This year, why not make sharing books part of your family’s summer fun?

Learn tips for weaving language and literacy activities into your child’s summer days and for helping your school-aged child tackle her school summer reading list with the articles below. In addition, you can explore links to summer reading lists and more.

Tina Brewer

Check out what is happening this summer at the Handley Library!


ELL Teachers


We are so grateful for our wonderful families and students here at John Kerr. Thank you for partnering with us this year for an amazing year of learning.

Remember to read every day this summer! Having students read in English and in their native language can help them to succeed in elementary school and beyond! It is valuable to discuss books as a family and read together. Here are some websites to check out as a family:




The Handley Library has many wonderful programs for families throughout the spring and summer. Check out their website for more information!

Handley Library

We will miss you, Cardinals! Please contact EL teachers with any questions over the summer. We can’t wait to see you again in the fall!

Ms. Linney, 4th grade and K linneyj@wps.k12.va.us

Mr. Dowell, 2nd grade and K dowellc@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Hammond, 1st grade hammondb@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Obitts, 3rd grade and K

Kim Peterson, WPS English Learner/LIEP Program Coordinator petersonk@wps.k12.va.us

Special Education Teachers

Communication Tips for Parents

As summer approaches, here are some tips for parents to help support their child’s communication


1. Everything is a form of communication- Gestures, behaviors, noises. Encourage your children to

communicate, even if they cannot speak yet. Playing games together, reading, and writing are

great ways to facilitate communication.

2. Find topics that are desirable for your child to talk about. The more interested the child is in the

topic, the more likely they are to engage in the conversation.

3. Model the correct production. If a child is mispronouncing words or is having difficulty with

grammar while speaking, make sure to provide them with the correct model. For example, if

your child says “You got it”, respond with “I will go GET that for you”. Expanding on your child’s

utterance can help them to learn the correct production.

4. Help to connect information learned in other settings, like school, to home. Having your child

apply information learned in other settings, can help to solidify their understanding of those


5. Encourage your child to ask you questions about your day and ask them about theirs. It’s

important for children to develop turn-taking skills when conversing, so their communication

the partner feels like they are being listened to.


If you have any questions feel free to email us.

Reading Specialists

Ms. Morgan: morgan@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Turner: turner@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Ford: fordjessica@wps.k12.va.us

ELL Specialist:

Ms. Obitts campbellha@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Hammond hammondb@wps.k12.va.us

Mr. Dowell dowellc@wps.k12.va.us

Ms. Linney linneyj@wps.k12.va.us

Kim Peterson, WPS English Learner/LIEP Program Coordinator petersonk@wps.k12.va.us

Special Education Teachers

Robin McKay

Phone- 540-662-3945 Ext. 65048

Email- mckayr@wps.k12.va.us

Laurie Young

Phone- 540-662-3945 Ext. 65007

Email- young.laurie@wps.k12.va.us

Madeleine Levesque

Phone- 540-662-3945 Ext. 63003

Email- levesquem@wps.k12.va.us