I’ve gotten a few questions in regards to summer reading requirements. Since my students are in a specialized reading program, the RISE classroom does not have summer reading requirements. That said, summer reading is essential for your student to maintain progress and to keep moving forward. Please let me know if you’d like specific recommendations based on your child’s Lexile level.
On another note: Olympic days! May 17, 18, and 19th are the 8th, 7th, and 6th grade Olympic days, respectively. We will have the kids participate in the various sporting events as much or as little as they want. Some of our kiddos will be outside all day, and some will only want to do a portion. The PE department has planned some alternate activities for our kids who don’t care for team sports. You are more than welcome to come volunteer or just play with us on your child’s day, just please let me know when to expect you so I can let you know where we are on campus. Sunscreen might be a good idea on these days, as well as short pants and a water bottle. Last year we had water balloons and water squirters, so a change of tshirt might be a good idea as well (we, of course, will not get anyone wet who does not want to get wet). Since I have all 3 grade levels in my class, we will take part in all 3 days.
The last week of school: Monday the 22nd is a “normal” day (7th grade has their grade level party that day), Tuesday and Wednesday are both early release days. Tuesday the 23rd is the day I plan to have our classroom celebration. I will be purchasing pizza and ice cream for our kiddos to enjoy. Since they leave at 1:30, we’ll start the pizza party at 11:00 (in case you want to come by). If you’d like to send in some chips/dip, cookies, or lemonade, that’d be fine, too. Wednesday is the big 8th grade party out on the field, so we’ll be outside for most of that day. Sunscreen would probably be a good idea that day . In years past, we’ve had all the kids participate in that party, so we’ll plan on that again this year (not just the 8th graders).
The 8th grade dance is from 7-9 on the 23rd.
Butterflies! We are hatching butterflies from caterpillars, so ask your child about the changes he or she sees each day. They have now hardened into their chrysalides and we are hoping that no one decides to hatch over the weekend- watching them emerge is the fun part!!
We started reading “Because of Winn Dixie” on the Kindles today. Such a great and engaging book- hopefully we’ll get to finish before the end of the year!
Please let me know if you have any questions!