Diane Provvido
Principal
dprovvido@oceansideschools.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

  

Winter, 2016

Dear School #5 Families,

 

I hope you enjoyed the holiday break and returned to school with renewed energy and excitement for learning. While January marks the start of a new calendar year, it also marks the midway point of the school year. As such, this is the perfect time to reflect on the routines and habits set at home and recommit to supporting academic success. Check out the tips below to help your child thrive in school.

  • Make sure your child consistently gets a good night’s sleep.  In order for school age children to have the energy, focus and concentration to perform their best in school, they need 10-11 hours of sleep a night.  Tucking your child into bed at the same time each evening is the simplest way to make sure they get the sleep they need.

 

  • Talk about school often with your child. Ask open-ended specific questions such as, what is one thing you did in math today? Be sure to keep these conversations positive by praising effort, hard work, resiliency and showing kindness to peers.
     
  • I once read that ‘the written word is a gateway to all kinds of learning’. I am inclined to say that the written word is the gateway to everything. You can help your child grow into an adept and motivated reader by creating a reading rich home. Make reading alongside your child each night a priority. Model and encourage reading voraciously and varied, from newspapers, magazines, recipes, to really great books. Be sure your child can name the book they are reading and even has one ‘on deck’. Don’t hesitate to contact your teacher if you need support helping your child find book titles that are right for them.

 

Description: https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files/Domain/15315/Kindness%20Challenge%20Banner.jpgDescription: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61TeuiKZunL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWe have much to look forward to over the next few months. While this winter has been quite a mild one, our January read aloud tells the story of the extreme blizzard of 1978. It is an event that I remember clearly and think many of you may, as well. The book Blizzard by John Rocco also emphasizes themes such as the power of nature, putting the needs of others first and a School #5 favorite, choosing kindness. Additionally, we are set to launch the Great Kindness Challenge and Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) 2016. Be on the lookout for information on both these events. Finally, we continue to celebrate our talented student authors as they publish their amazing pieces through the first of three writing process experiences all students in grades 1-6 will have this year. So School #5, here we go into 2016!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Provvido

Diane Provvido

Principal