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Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
We all know that summer reading is an important part of our goal to help every student see reading  enjoyable and useful.  We ask that every Grade 2-8 students read a minimum of three books over the summer.  We encourage younger students to read more than three books, to reread familiar stories, and to listen to their parent during read aloud sessions.  Of course, with students entering kindergarten and Grade 1, we encourage parents to read 3-4 books aloud weekly to their child. 

We ask parents to support and monitor their children's summer reading.  Reading a few pages a day, every day, for 10-20 minutes, produces better results than waiting until the middle of August to begin.  Students in grades K-3 also benefit from frequent "read alouds" by their parents. Parent participation in book selection ensures that each book won't be too hard or too easy, especially for younger children.  It also assures that the book's theme and content is age appropriate and respects the family's values and interests.

We have also included the Fry Sight Word List 1 -1000. Fry’s Instant Words are the most common words used in English, listed in order of frequency, and include all parts of speech. Also known as Fry sight words or high frequency words, they must be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency. These words account for 50 to 75 percent of the words used in schoolbooks, library books, newspapers, and magazines, so it’s important for children to learn the correct spelling and to recognize the words instantly by sight. This allows the child to concentrate on reading comprehension without having to stop and decode each word.  Ten tips for learning the words is on the cover sheet. 

In order for your child to keep his or her math skills sharp over the summer, he/she must practice  math daily.  Each time your child plays a math game, spends time on a math website, practices math facts, etc.,they sharpen their mathematical thinking.  Students who log at least 20 minutes each day on Edgenuity and Khan Academy over the course of the summer will start the year with math points. 
Pathblazer Reading  and Math can be used to support your scholar during the summer
All scholars 1-8 grades are required to have 20 minutes of  Pathblazer Math and Reading time daily
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Sherri Walker 
Principal

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Make your scholars study for about 90 minutes each day. Read for 20 - 30 minutes Practice Fry’s Words 15 - 20 minutes Practice Math for 20 -30 minutes

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