May 2016


Dear Parents:

It is hard to believe that we only have one trimester left of school! The third trimester is the perfect time to reflect with your child on his/her academic standing and their vision of what the future may bring.  Encourage your children to share with you their upcoming goals and dreams for the summer of 2016, and then discuss with them the possibility of attending summer school and/or summer camp.  In order to provide both parents and students with as much information as possible about summer school and summer camp (fees and other information); please visit our school office for more information.

Summer School Information:

Our summer school program encompasses the following:

  • Retain math skills learned during the school year.
  • Strengthen children’s problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Enrich children’s interest in Math.
  • Boost children’s confidence in ELA CCSS (Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary).

For an hour and forty-five minutes, your child will receive instruction in Math and in ELA CCSS.  The total number of hours your child will attend summer school is that of four hours.  Summer school begins June 20th and ends July 29th. (Note: School will be closed for July 4th). Summer school hours are as follows:

  • 8:00 am-9:45am- Math
  • 10:15 am- 12:00pm- ELA CCSS
  • 12:00pm- 3:00pm- Summer Camp (Optional)-There will be NO AFTERSCHOOL CARE after 3:00pm & NO LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

Lastly, administrators and teachers recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s success in school.  There is no question about it – success at school begins at home.  Parents are the single most important variable in a child’s schooling.  Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.

One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between the school and parents who work together for the best interest of children.  St. Joseph Elementary School has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents.  Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways.  Parents join the PTO, volunteer during classrooms fundraisers, help at the carnival, attend Council meetings, read to their children and help in many other ways.  It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school.  It’s a way to let your child know you think his or her school is important. Have a blessed Mother’s Day and enjoy this time with your children!

Spring time Activities

As the weather gets warmer during the spring, children usually favor outdoor activities. This time of year presents a great opportunity for “hands-on” learning for your children. Consider the following “fun” activities you can suggest to your children during the summer vacation:

– Write with chalk on the sidewalk, practicing letters and numbers

– Paint rocks and/or other items outside

– Plant seeds in the garden and watch them grow

– Go for a “nature walk” and collect items to examine and discuss

– Take a picnic

– Take a trip to the library and borrow a book to read

Just about any activity can be used as a “teachable moment” for your child. Taking the time to provide your child with an opportunity for learning by listening to their interests and answering their questions help to provide a strong foundation for further learning.

Get Your Child Excited About Reading

Parents have the power to turn kids on to reading. These things make reading a pleasure, not a chore:

  • Set aside a family reading time—30 minutes or an hour every day that everyone shares.
  • Help your child find books about characters whose age, feelings, interests, and experiences are similar to their own.
  • Introduce your child to stories about out-of-the-ordinary experiences—like mysteries, science fiction, and ghost stories.
  • Take turns reading aloud. Even older kids like to show parents their reading skills and hear parents read from books they can’t read on their own yet.
  • Make reading fun. A playful, affectionate attitude toward reading time works a lot better in the long run than forcing kids to read “because it’s good for you.”

Enjoy what spring time has to offer!


Yours in Christ,

Dr. Claudia Godlewski

St. Joseph School Principal

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