Diane Provvido














The Power of Perseverance!

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”   ~ Abraham Lincoln

August 15, 2014

Dear School #5 Families,

On behalf of the School #5 staff, I would like to welcome you back to school! Our entire team has been working diligently to prepare for an exciting and productive school year. We are honored that you have entrusted us with your child’s education and look forward to providing   learning experiences that will support their academic, social and emotional growth. 

As always, we welcome your partnership towards educating your child. After all, you play a key role in their academic success. To that end, please carefully read the information packet (click this link) which provides details on opening procedures and other important items. In addition, you can support your child by making a commitment to the 5 tips below:

  1. Make sure your child adheres to a regular bedtime routine and gets enough sleep. Would you be surprised to learn that children ages 5-12 need about ten hours of sleep each night? Studies show that sleep is vital to learning. Lack of sleep is often the culprit when students have difficulty concentrating, remembering, or regulating their emotions.
  2. Every minute counts! Make sure that your child arrives to school on time every day. Remember students must be in class by 8:15AM sharp.
  3. Here’s the bottom line, the only way to improve literacy skills is to make a habit of reading. Make your child’s daily reading assignment a priority. Don’t hesitate to read with and to your child, this will foster a lifelong love for reading. 
  4. Check your child’s folder and agenda book every night. Read through the material sent home and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need help.


  1. Compliment your child when you spot good effort, perseverance and attention to school work. Try statements like, “I am proud of how hard you are working on this assignment.”


There is much to look forward to this school year. Among other things, we will once again enjoy a shared reading experience through our School-Wide Read Aloud. Our September titles, Wilma Unlimited by Katherine Krull and A Place for Grace by Jean Davis Okimoto, set the stage for our yearlong theme, The Power of Perseverance! My faculty and I will continue to emphasize the importance of perseverance in achieving academic expectations and goals.  


Finally, be sure to remind your child to hand in their 30/30 Summer Reading Log during the first week of school. All students who completed the challenge will be invited to a special PTA sponsored after-school ice cream social.

I look forward to greeting our fabulous students on the first day of school, September 2, 2014. Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a 5tastic year!


Diane Provvido

Diane Provvido