June 10, 2022

Dear CES Families,

As our school year draws to a close, we want to thank you for your continued support during the year.  As we are sure you would all agree, there have been periods of challenge due to the pandemic.  We are very amazed by the progress that our Cardinals have made and their ability to persevere through the many changes and requirements.  

We want to share information about ways to extend learning beyond the school year and into the warm summer months.  The summer is an excellent time for children to seek out opportunities to continue to grow and learn.  Extending learning beyond the classroom empowers students to begin or continue investigating information on their own time and in their choice of environment.  It is also a great way to infuse children’s interest and passions into fun learning activities.  

Since learning takes place anywhere and at any time, children and families can control the time, pace, and place of learning. Extending the learning beyond the classroom allows your children to be more engaged and places more responsibility and ownership for learning on them. It enables learners to seek examples, ask questions, and look for new information that can be used during their choice activities. 

Here are some examples of fun learning opportunities available this summer.  Cardinals can:

  • Play board games or put jigsaw puzzles together

  • Read to animals (even stuffed animals)

  • Have a picnic

  • Cook together as a family.  Measurement skills are a wonderful way to tie math in!  If you are feeling really creative, you might consider cooking on an outside campfire.

  • Create a garden

  • Illustrate and write in a daily journal or diary

  • Create a puppet show and perform for family members 

  • Draw with sidewalk chalk

  • Play in a creek and catch and observe pollywogs

  • Build a fort using boxes and old sheets 

  • Decorate a tee shirt with fabric crayons

  • Conduct simple science experiments (Pinterest)

  • Build something interesting with colored ice cubes

  • Create with foam shaving cream/write a story

  • Camp outside, day or night, make a tent or put one up

  • Collect bugs and investigate their eating patterns

  • Sing nursery rhymes to young children

  • Play school and teach younger siblings

  • Feed the birds and watch how many you see and what they look like, identify them with an adult

  • Go out before bedtime and look at the moon, make a picture book for the week/month

  • Share campfire stories and songs

  • Play jump rope and hopscotch

  • Read a story to your parent or a family member

  • Visit a state park and enjoy the beauty of nature

  • Go to a Museum virtually or in person

  • Roll 2 or 3 dice, add the sum in your head - repeat

  • Pretend you have five dollars - find a store flyer and find three ways to spend it.

  • Measure the length of your foot with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. How much money did you use?

  • Make a graph of your family's favorite breakfast food

  • Bounce a ball and count by twos, fives, tens, another number

  • Predict how many days will be above 80 degrees in July - keep a tally chart to see how close you were.

  • Record how many minutes / hours you play outside during the day

  • Look in your refrigerator - what shapes do you see?

  • Find your favorite book - how many pages less / more than 100 is it

  • At the beach make up an Application Problem

  • Practice basic addition / subtraction facts

We thank you for your continued partnership and support as we encourage our learners to explore and grow throughout the summer.  We will miss our second graders as they move on to JJIS.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!  We value family and school connections as they are so critical.  We hope you have a safe and exciting summer!

Your partners in education,

Judy O’Meara                   Meghan Amado

Principal                           Assistant Principal


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