Summer Slide

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Have you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.
Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing


Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your July is going well!

Supply List

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Welcome Incoming Third Graders! I hope that you are having a fantastic summer!

Believe it our not, the sales will be starting shortly and I wanted to make sure that you had your list to take advantage of the good deals. Here are some items that would assist your student next year:

  • 5 pocket folders (orange, blue, red, green, and yellow) Plastic does hold up better but is not required.
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 white board markers (thin Expo brand work the best)
  • pencils
  • 2 wide-ruled composition books
  • 1 spiral notebook
  • gym shoes to leave at school
  • pens (red & blue)
  • pencil box
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • highlighter

If you are having trouble purchasing something that is on the list, please let me know. Also if you come across a great sale, please leave a comment so that others may take advantage of it.