Dear Saint Margaret Parents,
Our teachers and students have worked very hard all year; your children are leaving school this year as better readers and writers. As you know, good readers and writers read and write DAILY. Recent brain research shows us that practice is necessary in order to master strategies that are critical to the success of the reading and writing process. The more students read, the more proficient they become at reading and writing. Summer is a great time to read to your children! It is also a wonderful time of year for students to read books for pleasure and to nurture a love for reading.
Reading aloud to our children also has tremendous educational benefits and can be a source of much enjoyment for students and parents. We strongly encourage parents to read aloud daily to and with their children. Read-alouds are not only enjoyable for beginning readers but they are just as essential for students in the middle grades. Reading comprehension improves as students listen to and discuss events, characters, and motivations. They learn to predict what will happen and they increase their vocabulary. In addition, the read-aloud time generates further interest in books. There are a wide variety of high-quality, read-aloud materials available at the local Public Library.
Your support in promoting literacy skills is especially critical during the elementary years. We challenge the children of Saint Margaret Grades kindergarten through 3rd Grade to read ten (10) books over the summer and Grades 4th Grade through 8th Grade to read five (5) books (as the upper grade level books are lengthier) and log them on this form. (Extra copies will be on the website if you misplace it.) Bring back the log during the first two weeks of school and your child will receive a certificate and a coupon for a Dress Down Day.
Happy reading and have a wonderful, safe summer. See you in September.