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    End of Year Message...


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     Dear Parents,


    This time of year is always so hard, but it is also a time for celebration because another milestone has passed and new adventures a wait!

     I would truly like to express my sincere thanks for your help, cooperation, support, and confidence this year.  Educating a child begins at birth and because of your hard efforts your children came to me with many fine gifts.  I hope I helped to enrich those gifts and to begin their journey with a strong foundation.  That foundation must include a positive self-image so they will have the confidence to become lifelong learners.  It is my belief that a good teacher does not teach the answers but instead teaches how to question in order to discover the answers themselves.

     I have really enjoyed being partners with you in your child’s education.  Each of them will always have a special place in my heart.  Please let me know of their continued success – I would love to hear about them as they grow!  It is most important that your child read books daily at their ability level during the summer so their level does not drop.  Your child can go online to Raz-Kids and the MANY other programs we have been using during this historic time and continue to read books at their level throughout the summer. They can also access Dream Box, IXL, and espark.app to practice their math skills. Please use these resources!! I will also keep the Google Classroom up so you can have all of those links.

    I know it’s been overstated but “It does take a village to raise a child.” Thank you for allowing me to be one person in your village. Thank you for being my partner in teaching these past months from your home. You were amazing!

    Thank you to all of my wonderful classroom volunteers and Homeroom Moms this year.  You have enriched the education of all the students and certainly made my life much easier!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!                                               

    Best wishes on your journey, and please have a fun and safe summer.


    Most sincerely,

    Mrs. Parks




    EQ Kids


    All Things EQ – Because Your life depends on you!

                                                             (our social and emotional intelligence) 

    Please use the EQ links on the Home schedule for Fridays - they are wonderful times for family discussions.                                                           


    10 ways to get your child reading without picking up a book!

    1. Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
    2. Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
    3. Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
    4. Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
    5. Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.            
    6. Create signs and labels for items in their room.
    7. Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
    8. Letters, postcards, or magazines.
    9. Write messages for your child.
    10. Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.

    Reading is the key to your child’s success!               

     My Top 10 Reasons Why Reading Is Important (for kids AND adults) 

    1. Kids who read often with various materials get better at it. Practice makes perfect in almost everything we humans do and reading is no different.

    2. Reading  exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, say, watching TV is. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.

    3. Reading improves concentration. Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading. If they read regularly as they grow up, they develop the ability to do this for longer and longer periods.

    4. Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger  children learn to read confidently and well.

    5. Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child's ability to write well. This is because children learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.

    6. Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

    7.  Reading helps kids develop empathy.  It helps children identify with the character in the story to understand how they are feeling.

    8. Because reading helps children do better at school in all subjects not just in reading, and they do better all the way through school.

    9. Reading is a great form of entertainment!

    10. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind. This is an important point because these days we seem to have forgotten how to relax and especially how to be silent.  The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are actually quite stressful for our brains. When we read, we read in silence and the black print on a white page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

     Check out the ideas below that will help you to be successful in setting your nightly reading schedule. The single most important thing you can do right now for your child's academic success is to make sure that they are reading 20 minutes each day with books at their level.  

    According to familyeducation.com the top 5 ways to improve your child’s reading are as follows:

    1. Set aside a regular time to listen to or read to your children every day.
    2. Surround your children with reading material, you can get plenty online.
    3. Have a family reading time.
    4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities:

    • Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
    • Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
    • Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
    • Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
    • Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.            
    • Create signs and labels for items in their room.
    • Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
    • Letters, postcards, or magazines.
    • Write messages for your child.
    • Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.
    • Text or email a family member on a regular basis.

    5. Develop the library habit (when they open!), and show enthusiasm for your child's reading!!