Space
Space
Left

Announcements

Kindergarten Students Received Parent Resource Booklet 1/31/17  

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) published a resource for parents to use in order to help with comprehension.  The resource is intended for use with primary grade students, but the material can also be used with older students, too.  You will find questions to ask your child after reading that align specifically to the reading standards and use the vocabulary the students are learning in the classroom (setting, main idea, characters, problem/solution, etc.).  The book also contains Helpful Hints (page 8), graphic organizers (beginning on page 9), and links to digital resources and websites (page 19).  We are sending a copy home with our kindergarten, first, and second grade Reading Enrichment / Reading Recovery students.  We hope you find it helpful in working with your child at home.  The contents of this booklet are also available on the NCDPI website www.ncpublicschools.org . As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s progress or need additional materials to work with your child at home, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call the school (910-455-2672).


Tips For Reading At Home With Your Child  

·         Have your child lay the book flat on the table so they have a hand free to point to the text.  At these early reading stages, students should be pointing under (not on) the words while they read.  As they progress, they don’t need to use their finger any more.   Their voice should match the print on the page, and they should not be adding extra words after they come to the end of the print (nor should they stop reading before the words have finished).

·         Allow your child to use the pictures and search for information that will help them to solve words.  Key word solving prompts include: Does that look right?  Does that sound right? Does that make sense?

·         Repeated reading is essential for comprehension and fluency.  Even though your child has read a story at school, read it again (and again!) with them at home. 

·         It’s OK to help them with some words!  Young readers have a limited supply of reading vocabulary at this point in their development.  Don’t let your child get frustrated and bogged down on hard words.  Supply the word for them and move on.  At the same time, make them meet you half way by asking them to give you the first sound of the word (if they know all of their letter sounds) and use the picture to prompt for meaning. 

·         If the book seems too difficult, read it with your child while they point and follow along.  Let your child’s teacher know that you felt the book was hard.

·         Enjoy reading with your child!


Kindergarten Take Home Readers  

Your child will be borrowing take home readers from Title I Reading Enrichment.  These books have been read with me at school and can be used for additional practice at home.  I will send home new books on Monday and they can be returned on Friday.  The books will come home in a purple fabric bag labeled with your child’s name.  Please do your best to ensure that books do not get lost or torn so that I can send them home with other children.  


Reading Resource for Parents Booklet Being Sent Home 11/14/16  

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) published a resource for parents to use in order to help with comprehension.  The resource is intended for use with primary grade students, but the material can also be used with older students, too.  You will find questions to ask your child after reading that align specifically to the reading standards and use the vocabulary the students are learning in the classroom (setting, main idea, characters, problem/solution, etc.).  The book also contains Helpful Hints (page 8), graphic organizers (beginning on page 9), and links to digital resources and websites (page 19).  We are sending a copy home with our kindergarten, first, and second grade Reading Enrichment / Reading Recovery students.  We hope you find it helpful in working with your child at home.  The contents of this booklet are also available on the NCDPI website www.ncpublicschools.org . As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s progress or need additional materials to work with your child at home, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call the school (910-455-2672).


Kindergarten Students Begin Reading Enrichment  

Letters went home today to notify kindergarten parents of Reading Enrichment.  Students will be pulled in a small group for a 30 minute guided reading lesson 5 days per week.  I'm excited to begin working with our Kindergarten students.   I am available to conference by appointment or I can attend a conference with you and your child's homeroom teacher.  Parents are invited to observe their child in small group and I can offer strategies for working with children at home.  If you have any questions regarding your child and reading, please do not hesitate to contact me at school or drop me an e-mail.

Girl stacking books


District Parent Advisory Council Meeting  

Our District Parent Advisory Council Meeting (DPAC) has been RESCHEDULED due to Hurricane Matthew.  

Date: Tuesday, October 18

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Onslow County Schools Family Education and Professional Development Center  200 Broadhurst Rd., Jacksonville

Topics to be discussed:

  • overview and purpose of Title I
  • Parent Involvement Policy
  • 2016 - 2017 Title I Plan and Initiatives
  • Title I Monitoring Visit
  • Read to Achieve (KEA and 3rd grade retention)
  • Parent Resources and Needs

 


Parent Information   

If you missed us at Open House, our Title I Parent Information Power Point is posted under "Presentations."  Feel free to contact Ms. McGahhey, Ms. Hall, or Mrs. Stevenson with any questions you may have.


First Grade Leveled Literacy  

First Grade students working with Ms. McGahhey (not in Reading Recovery) have started Leveled Literacy Intervention.  We meet for 30 minutes each day for a supplemental guided reading lesson. Look for more information and take home readers to come home next week. Students will have the opportunity to reread our lesson books at home, complete a reading log, and win a prize!  Parents are always welcome to make an appointment and observe their child's lesson.   


Reading Recovery: Roaming Around the Known  

Reading Recovery students are midway through their first 10 lessons of "Roaming Around the Known."  During this time, we work within the childs comfort zone, solidifying "known" information and building routine.  Once we come out of "Roaming," we will shift our lesson format and work on building reading and writing strategies. As always, parents are welcome to make an appointment and observe their child's lesson. 

 


REMINDER!  

Stop by the Media Center to meet Ms. McGahhey and Ms. Hall Tuesday, September 20th from 6-7:30 PM.  Free parent literature and reading tips will be available.  Samples of class materials will also be shared.  Copies of Onslow County's Title I Parental Involvement Policy and Parent Involvement Initiatives will be available tonight and have been uploaded to the "FORMS" section.  


Open House Annual Meeting  

Ms. McGahhey and Ms. Hall will be available in the Media Center during Open House Tuesday, September 20th from 6 - 7:30 pm.  We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have. Please stop by our table in the Media Center and say, "Hi!" 


Reading Recovery Assessments for First Grade  

I will begin assessing students for Reading Recovery by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  I will administer the Observation Survey, a 1-1 assessment of early reading, writing, and letter knowledge.  Once students have qualified for Reading Recovery, classes will begin (on or about September 12).  Students who do not qualify for Reading Recovery may still be considered for Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).  If you have any questions about the selection process for Reading Recovery or the Observation Survey, don't hesitate to drop me an email.

 

 


Orientation  

Summersill Elementary's Fall Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 25 between 11-1 and 5-7PM.  I'm looking forward to seeing all of my friends from years past and welcoming all of our new faces!


Right