It comes up faster than you remember as a kid: summer vacation. Seems the older you get, the shorter the school year gets. (Remember when summer didn’t come quickly enough?)
So now that you’re staring at the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” what now? Many kids would like nothing more than a TV or video games and a full refrigerator. But you know that they need more stimulation than that.
Did you know the average student loses about 1 - 2.6 month's worth of learning in math, spelling and reading over the summer? Parents can help prevent this loss (the summer slide) and save hours of back-to-school review.
Here are some ideas for you and your children to have a fun, stimulating summer.
· Add the Missouri Math Challenge to your Summer To-Do List The Missouri Math Challenge is a way to encourage students to keep their math skills sharp over the summer. It’s easy for parents to sign up their children to participate. Fight summer math loss with the Missouri Math Challenge! Sign up today
Read-- set aside time each day for reading. Visit the library often. PHIS has a summer reading challenge---BOOKOPOLY! Information about the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at: http://phislmc.weebly.com/reading-challenges.html. Completed reading packets are due to Mrs. Arenson (librarian) by August 24th.
v Plant a garden. Your child will gain responsibility and pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.
v Take a field trip to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails. Keep a journal about your travels. Try virtual field trips too!
v Learn a new word each week! Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.
v Enroll in a quality summer program that will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.
v Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.
v Listen to Audio Books during your road trip.
v Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FALL:
Enrollment/Proof of Residency Event:
Enrollment/Proof of Residency Event will take place July 31st (A-K) and August 1st (L-Z) from 1-7pm at the high school. This is an opportunity to complete all back-to-school business at one time and in one place. During that time you will prove residency, pick up your child’s schedule, pay for the student handbook/planner ($5), purchase a yearbook, and much more. You will receive emails from the District about on-line registration. We will not send a packet to your home address that contains forms and letters—please look for the email which will direct you to completing all forms on-line. If for some reason you miss Enrollment/Proof of Residency Event, you must go to Central Office at 318 Cedar to prove residency. Once you have proven residency, please stop by the Intermediate school during normal business hours to pick up your child’s schedule and take care of any necessary purchases. We ask that these items be taken care of prior to Open House/Meet the Teacher Night.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer; we look forward to seeing you in the fall!