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Principal’s Message 5/31/2016

Date: May 31, 2016 Author: Michelle Marchena Curtis Categories: Featured, Principals Message

Hello BA families.

As school year comes to a close, families often ask how to support student learning over the summer.

I know you are already planning summer experiences that build knowledge, spark curiosity, and develop confidence. Don’t forget the simple things! Riding bikes, hiking, visiting the park, playing in the neighborhood, attending summer camp, playing board games as a family, and traveling outside the area are all activities that build knowledge and a sense of wonder. One of the most important ways you can support your child is by ensuring time each day for self-selected reading and family book chats. Reading and talking about books develops rich language skills and fosters a love of literacy.

The more relaxed summer schedule is a wonderful time to build independence and confidence as children learn new skills– like tying shoes, or contributing to family chores. Summer also invites creative, self-directed play! Pretend-play, fort-building, lego time, tinkering, arts and crafts, neighborhood games, and sandbox time are just some of the ways we see our kids diving into play during the longer summer days. Moments like these are essential to your child’s well-being and learning. In the spirit of supporting children’s growing self-reliance, you may want to check out these Top 10 Summer Challenges, a list inspired by our community book read and discussions of How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

AND, if you are seeking tools to boost or keep up academic skills, technology resources may be motivating for your children. Below are some optional tools you might like to utilize in order to support your child’s learning.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer making memories with your family!
John Triska

Reading, Writing, and Learning About the World

Book Creator
http://www.redjumper.net/bookcreator/
This free iPad app empowers children to create and publish their own e-books! Children take photos and add text to their books, making this a motivating summer journaling tool to grow writing skills.

Lexia Reading Core 5
Accounts were provided to children who worked with our literacy support teachers. Please email jstrauss@scsdk8.org or lerwig@scsdk8.org, if you need a copy of the login information.

National Geographic Kids
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/#
Set up a free account to help your kids access articles, videos, and games about the world.

PebbleGo! Nonfiction Reading
http://www.pebblego.com/login.php
BA has a school-wide account! Your child can learn about the world using texts made just for them! Animals, science, biographies and more!
username: brittan Password: read

RAZ Kids Reading
http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login
An online leveled library! Log-in information was sent home for participating classes. Please check in with your child’s teacher if you need more information.

Summer Reading
http://kids.smcl.org/en/books
Check out the San Mateo Library System for summer reading ideas! Visit the San Carlos branch! Does your child have a library card?

Time for Kids
http://www.timeforkids.com/
TFK is a kid-friendly version of Time Magazine. It’s a great resource for short, informational articles about world events. Children may enjoy choosing articles as a daily reading option.

Typing Club
https://scsdk8.typingclub.com/
Students log-in using Google accounts provided this school year. Please ask your child’s teacher if you need another copy. Keyboarding is part of our standards beginning in Grade 3.

Wonderopolis!
http://wonderopolis.org/
“ . . . A place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. . . Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life.”

Mathematics and Problem Solving
Code.org
https://studio.code.org/
This resource provides coding and programming challenges for all! Tutorials are grouped into categories based on experience level, system requirements and programming languages. All the tutorials are set up to be self-guided. There’s something for everyone, ages 4-104!

FrontRow Math
https://parent.frontrowed.com/auth/page/email/register
Sign up for a free account.
“Front Row is an adaptive math and language arts program . . . By addressing student weaknesses and building off strengths, Front Row is designed to increase confidence and promote growth in all students. . .”

Splash Math
https://www.splashmath.com/
Set up your child’s free account and receive weekly progress reports by email. This resource provides practice in key math concepts by grade level.

Xtra Math
https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
This app provides fact practice for all operations. Select specific facts to practice and brush up on skills! Fact fluency is an essential skill to support success at every grade level.

Youcubed Math
https://www.youcubed.org/category/teaching-ideas/math-apps/
Created by Stanford professor and leader in mathematics education, Jo Boaler, this resource provides engaging tools for both kids and parents. It also provides a list of engaging math apps.
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