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Summer 2021-Principal Message

Dear Elms Families:

 

Thank you: Mr. Levinson and I want to thank all of the Elms community in the wake of this unprecedented and ever-changing school year.  We specifically wanted to thank all of our Elms PTN members for their support and contributions to our school.  Next year, we hope that even more parents become active members in our school community.

 

Read Everyday ~ It Makes a Difference: Even though the summer is here, we would like to ask our families to keep reading high on your child's list of summer activities. Throughout the school year, Elms students are completely immersed in a literate environment and taught to believe that they are readers from day one.  Our teachers encourage your children to become better readers by engaging with books every day. By continuing to practice reading, your child will sharpen this skill and be reminded of its importance. Just like we encourage our children to learn to swim or play an instrument, reading needs to be practiced every day in order to maintain and strengthen these skills. Reading exposes children to new vocabulary and background knowledge, serves as an outlet for creativity and curiosity, and allows for the development of independence. 

 

This year, children have become proficient at reading digital text online and many still eagerly seek out a good book to read. Recent research has shown that kids lose significant skills in reading and math over the long summer break. On average about 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading and 27 percent of school-year gains in math are commonly lost during summer break.  

 

Reading transcends all contents. Reading over the summer can prevent such regression, will advance your child’s school performance in multiple content areas, and it really can make a difference in your child’s overall school experience. At Elms we pride ourselves on being a “community of readers.” Therefore, we ask that our Elms families encourage visits to the library or bookstore, carve out time for reading at home, and talk about books as a family practice. You can learn more about Jackson School District's Summer Reading Program here. 

 

In summation, time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success. Please continue to encourage your child to read at least 15-20 minutes a day. We also encourage you to practice addition/subtraction/multiplication math facts with your child to help strengthen math skills over the summer.

 

Important Information Regarding Chromebooks: All students returning to school in September can keep their district-issued Chromebook for the summer.  This will be the same Chromebook your child will use next year.  Any students who will not be returning to Jackson in September should return their Chromebook and charger to the school by Thursday, June 24th. If you need to return it to the school (due to moving, not for repair) during the summer, please note that you may return the Chromebook and charger to the main office Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:30am-2:00pm.

 

Please understand that the Chromebooks are the property of the Jackson Township School District and must be taken care of during the summer.  These devices are not intended for recreational use nor should they be used by family members.

 

Information and additional questions about the devices can be found on our district technology webpage: https://www.jacksonsd.org/domain/2623

 

As we reflect on this school year, we recognize that the greatest lesson of the last year may well be the importance of making connections, inside and outside the classroom. 

Have a Great Summer: On behalf of the Elms staff, we want to express our gratitude to all of our students and families for supporting the educational process. As we look ahead, there’s a lot of work to be done to get ready for next year, and we will be working hard all summer to be ready in September and to keep us moving forward. Wishing all a restful summer holiday! Please contact us over the summer if you have any questions. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Burgos Shawn Levinson