• Elsmere Pit Party, 6-8 p.m.
• 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 1:30 p.m.
• Last Day of School for K-5, Half Day, 12:10 p.m. dismissal
• Backyard Movie Night, "Bee Movie" (G), 7:30 p.m.
July 7, 2014
Dear Elsmere Families,
Happy summer everyone! I hope you are enjoying wonderful days with friends and family. We are quite busy at Elsmere – Mr. Kane and Mr. Lis are scrubbing classrooms from stem to stern, Mrs. Calaban and Mrs. Brock are catching up on piles of paperwork, the old playground has been removed in preparation for the new (the trees are all still up!) and construction workers are busy with our abatement project. In a little added excitement, they helped a lost porcupine find his way out of the school building yesterday. What have you been up to? If you travel this summer, please send us a postcard for our summer bulletin board. We miss you!
While summer is a time of relaxation, I hope you are able to take advantage of the extra time to explore and learn too, especially through reading. Young students who do not read over the summer — especially those who are reluctant or at-risk — are likely to lose crucial ground or even digress two to three months in their academic skills. Research suggests that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year. Reading self-selected books leads to even greater success with 50 percent of the children not only maintaining their skills, but actually making reading gains.
Please keep reading, writing and learning as a priority with your child so you can build her/his academic self-esteem, confidence and passion for learning in the 2014-2015 school year. Keeping a journal and setting a reading goal are two terrific ways of accomplishing this. The Bethlehem Public Library is full of activities and books to help engage your child in summer reading. Be sure to take advantage of this great resource. And, as always, please feel free to contact me at any time to assist your family in your child’s summer learning. I would love to have you stop by this summer and share a story or two!
It was so much fun working with your children in the 2013-14 school year. As parents you should be extremely proud of your children’s academic and social growth. Each year that goes by makes me realize how fortunate I am to be the principal of Elsmere Elementary. It is a special place with amazing kids, supportive parents and a staff that puts the needs of children first. Best of luck to our fifth graders as they move on to the middle school.