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Summer 2018

Rosenauer School Families:

Help Prevent the Summer  Slide!

An early comprehensive review summarized several findings regarding summer loss.Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it? It is concluded that on average, students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by at least one month’s worth of school-year learning,

Just like with playing a sport, Reading and Math are skills that must be practiced.  When a child spends hours a day hitting a baseball, swimming, shooting a basketball, they will progress. But say he then stops hitting balls for three months or takes a few months off from swimming. Will he hit a ball on the first swing?  Will he swim as efficiently as before? No, but if he practices a few times a week, will he be able to regain the previously learned skills relatively quickly? Yes! It is important to keep your child’s mind engaged over the summer so they will not fall victim to the summer slide. 10 Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide


Here are some things you can do to help your child avoid the summer slide.

  1. Read EVERY day!  Read non-fiction, fiction, ebooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud! For most children, twenty minutes is an appropriate amount of time to read for a child who is an independent reader. Our libraries have a wonderful summer reading program with incentives and rewards for books read over the summer.
  2. Cook with your children.  This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions.  Let your child design the menu too! Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook.
  3. Plant a garden.  Your child will gain responsibility and pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.
  4. Take a field trip to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails.  Keep a journal about your travels.
  5. Learn a new word each week!  Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.
  6. Enroll in a quality summer program that will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.   
  7. Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.
  8. Listen to Audio Books during your road trip.
  9. Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook.
  10. Did we mention READ?!  If your child does nothing else this summer make sure he/she is reading!


Here are some things we can do to help prevent the summer slide this summer:

Reading Word Lists and Math Fast Facts:

Attached you will find the high frequency word lists that are expected to be mastered.  Please practice these words and be familiar with them for the beginning of the school year.  Practice the spelling, identifying, and meaning. There will be a test the first week of school based on these words. The Quizlet App also has these words available for computer-based games that will reinforce mastery.              Fast Facts are also included in this packet.  Please practice these facts as often as possible.  Quick recall of the facts will support the math work that awaits for the upcoming school year.  Math Apps listed below offer other ways to practice these facts through computer-based games.

A few minutes a day playing one of the interactice math and reading apps below can contribute to the prevention of the summer learning loss.  Fun for all ages.

Math and Reading Computer Apps for at home practice:

Computer-Based Grade Level Word Study Challenge.  

Quizlet: Sign up for free @ then choose an option below

Option 1: Search for Sylvia Rosenauer.  Then scroll down to your grade and get started practicing.

Option 2: Add Join Link for your incoming grade level and get started.


  • Join Links are listed below for each incoming grade level


Grade 1:

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Grade 5:

A Message from Mrs. Brenner

I am happy to announce our summer reading program for the Jackson School District.  “Check It Out!” is a program offered to students entering 1st through 5th grades.  

Students are encouraged to read books of their choice, spending time immersed in a variety of books they love.  


How it works:


  • Students will read 5 books and complete a simple reading log along with a parent signature.  These reading logs will need to be collected when children return to school in September.
  • The reading log will serve as an entry into a raffle, for a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair, provided by the PTA.   


Other exciting summer news:


  • Students accompanied by a parent or guardian will have a wonderful opportunity to visit the Rosenauer Library over the summer and check out up to 5 books on these selected dates: July 5th from 9am-1pm, July 31st from 12pm – 3pm, August 8th from 12pm – 3pm and August 30th from 9am – 1pm.
  • On each of the above dates, I will provide hands-on family workshops, (See my class page for specific times and activities offered) with ways to have fun at home while practicing the high frequency words and math facts sent home for all incoming 1st through 5th graders. I hope to see many families attend.


For our incoming kindergarteners:


  • On August 30th during Rosenauer’s Kindergarten Orientation, I will host a library “Meet and Greet” for all our new incoming kindergarten students.  I will be providing an informational workshop about our library/reading program and ways to support your child at home.
  • The best part, students will be able to borrow their very first school library book!  All books must be returned at the beginning of the school year.  



Information regarding our Summer “Check It Out” program and Incoming Kindergarten “Meet and Greet” can be found on our District and Rosenauer Websites.  Happy Reading!