The holiday season is officially here! I hope you all had the opportunity to spend time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrate your blessings.
December is a short month filled with exciting events. Our Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 5th at the Bergen Middle School campus. We will have a concert for K-1 and a separate concert for students in 2-3. Ms. Christian has created a website that contains information about the concert night as well as songs lists and lyrics. The link is https://mschristian16.wixsite.com/bergenelmmusic .
Along with the cooler weather it is also cold and flu season. Please be mindful of our school’s health policies. The health and safety of every student is very important to us. Our staff takes care to support and maintain the health and well being of all our students. If your child is sick please keep them home so they can get the rest they need to get well. Jackets and or sweatshirts (depending on daily temperatures) are required for all students in order to go out for recess.
Studies have shown that 20 minutes of reading a day has significant long term benefits for children that include:
- Expanded vocabulary
- Increased brain development
- Higher test scores
- Broadened worldview
- Instilling a life-long love for reading and learning
(I CAN TEACH MY CHILD, LLC., (2017) 5 Fun Ways to Encourage More Reading in Your Home. Retrieved from: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/5-fun-ways-to-encourage-more-reading-in-your-home/)
You play a vital role in helping your child enjoy reading. Plan trips to the library and help your child select books. Discuss your child’s reading interests and encourage your child to widen his or her selection of books based on author, topic, or type. Enjoy talking with your child about the books he or she selects and reads. Encourage your child to keep a journal of illustrations and/or passages about the books they read.
In order for children to become fluent readers they need to practice every night. We ask that parents assist children in meeting this expectation. Help your child find a quiet and relaxing place where they can read. Encourage siblings and other family members not to interrupt them when they are reading. Please encourage your child to read and practice math skills over the holiday break. It is important for the students to retain key skills learned during the first half of the school year.
Please don’t forget that Winter Break is from December 25-January 1Friday, December 22nd is a half- day and all clubs and after care is cancelled. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.
Please encourage your child to read and practice math skills over the holiday break. It is important for the students to retain key skills learned during the first half of the school year.
I would like to wish all our Bergen Families a safe and healthy holiday season!
Sheila B. Goodstein
Bergen-ASCS Elementary School Director