Each year the Shared Decision Making Team hosts a Summer Reading Program. Our intention is to encourage our students to keep reading over the summer. Children who read over the summer generally fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall, than students who read one or no books over the summer (Kim Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2004). I would like to recommend a valuable website for you and your child to use over the summer: www.startwithabook.org. I hope you find the information useful!

We hope to make this a fun program for both the students and their families. Each grade level will be given a reading goal. Students are encouraged to obtain reading material from their local libraries. This year's theme is "Reading Stars." The students will record each of the books that they have read on the attached reading log sheet. The "Reading Stars" sheets will be returned to the classroom teacher and are due on Friday, September 12, 2014. Those students who have met, or exceeded, their goal will receive a free homework pass!

The grade level goals are as follows:

Students entering grade 1 read at least 10 Picture Books (Read and log with parental assistance)

Students entering grades 2 and 3 read 14 Picture books or 4 Chapter books

We hope everyone will participate and parents will encourage their children to read over the summer. To assist parents and students in the program, a summer reading list has been compiled by our Librarian, Ms. Cullen, that is included with this letter.

Don't forget to return the reading log sheet no later than Friday, September 12th!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful summer!