Summer Math and Literacy Resources
Dear SES Families,
Happy Summer! Here at Saugatuck, we have spent the entire year building our reading and math lives, and now it is time for our students to keep that energy going over the summer.
Every student at SES has created a plan for summer reading. They have thought about what they will read, as well as when and where they will read. Our hope is that you will help your child carve out time to read on a regular basis. Research shows us that kids who do not read regularly over the summer regress in their reading abilities, while those who continue reading over the summer, maintain and, possibly even advance, in their reading abilities!
This year, we have updated our SES Summer Fun Website, which contains many links with ideas to keep your children reading and writing this summer. We have also designed a new Saugie and Tuck Reading Challenge to help motivate your readers. The challenge suggests fun ways to read and choose books. This reading can be done independently or as a family. A bookmark will come home with your child; please place this Saugie and Tuck Reading Challenge bookmark in a safe and visible location so you can keep track of your family’s reading this summer. Students will be asked to bring their bookmark back to school in the fall and share all about their reading.
To support the importance of keeping our reading lives fresh over the summer, we’re offering our annual SES Summer Reading Family Meet-Up. We'll be gathering on Tuesday, July 19, 5:30-6:30pm at the Westport Library. We can't wait to see you there - please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
We are excited to announce a new Summer Math Activity: The Passport to Thinking! In collaboration with local businesses, students will solve math problems in the real world context of their local community. Under parent/guardian supervision, students will have the opportunity to visit local businesses and use their menu, products or services to complete authentic problem solving tasks. Businesses will then stamp the student’s passport, indicating they visited the establishment. Students may work with their family to solve the task and will show the work on their passport. Businesses are not responsible for checking student’s work. Students will return their passport to their classroom teacher at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
Below are links to the passports. You can print your own at home using the PDF version. If you don’t have a printer at home, paper passports will be made available for pickup in the main office. Alternatively, you can ask your child's teacher to send one home in your child's backpack. The Passports can also be completed digitally. Note that the links to the digital versions will prompt you to make a copy of the template which can then be edited throughout the summer.
This is an excellent opportunity for Westport elementary students to see math in their everyday lives and to strengthen partnerships with families, students, and the greater Westport community.