Newsletter May 2018

Le Mars PTO If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to your school’s Pparent PTO rep: Angie Penne - Ms. Kayla Koopman Megan Brown - Ms. Kay Powell Lindsey Schroeder - 2 nd Grade Teachers: Ms. Darci Palsma, Ms. Ashley Sitzmann & Ms. Donna Stevenson ********************************************* ● Next PTO Meeting will be PM at the Administration Building (940 Lincoln St SW) across from Bomgaars. Everyone is welcome! ● Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11, 2018. ● Stay up to date on PTO events and @ 'LeMars PTO.' ● Did you know ? Please remember to clip and return them frequently . ● Did you know you can donate your to the PTO? Bring your cans to the Redeemed Can and Bottle: 225 1 st Street NE. Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED We can assist you with getting your CDL. All training will be paid. Contact Codie Kellen at the bus garage 546-6801. Research about how much children lose ground over the sum- mer is well documented. Harris Cooper of Duke University notes, "Overall, children experience an average summer learning loss across reading and mathematics of about one month" (1996). The thing is, though, kids don't have to lose over the summer. In fact, you can encourage your child to have a summer of fun and learning with these five free and easy things to do. Try them out! 1. At the middle school level, reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact on fall reading achievement comparable to attending summer school (Kim, 2004). Take your kids to the library often and let them choose which books to check out. Listen to books on tape. Subscribe them to a magazine. Take turns reading to each other. Allow your kids to stay up a half hour later at night as long as they're reading. 2. The largest summer learning losses for all children occur in mathematical computation, an average of 2.6 months (Cooper, 1996). Practice the multiplication tables by making each point in a basketball game worth 7 points (or 8 or 9). Ask your kids to make change at the drive-thru. Show your child how to go to educational math websites to play math games. Make up math word problems in the car and at the din- ner table. 3. - Intense physical activity programs have positive effects on academic achievement, including in- creased concentration; improved mathematics, reading, and writ- ing test scores; and reduced disruptive behavior (Journal of School Health 1997). Find ways to ensure your child is active for 60 minutes each day. Have him or her walk the neighbor's dog, go swimming, take walks, or go for family bike rides. 4. More freshmen entering degree-granting post secondary institutions take remedial writing courses than take remedial reading courses (NCES 2003). Ask your child to write a weekly letter to his or her grandparents, relatives, or friends. Encourage him to keep a summer journal. Have her write the family's grocery list. 5. - Students learn better and "act out" less when they engage in activities to aid in their social-emotional de- velopment, such as community service (The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning, 2004). Encourage your child to help out neighbors or friends. He or she can volun- teer with a local group or complete a service learning project. Suggest that your child set aside part of his allowance for charity. Adapted from a presentation by Brenda McLaughlin, Director of Research and Policy, Center for Summer Learning, Johns Hop- kins University and Jane Voorhees Sharp, Office of Early Care and Education, New Jersey Department of Human Services.