We are beginning the last full month of the school year, and it promises to be a busy one. Our 3rd-5th graders have been working diligently throughout the year to prepare for the Ohio Achievement Assessments, and now eagerly await the results. Along with receiving more differentiated instruction this year, they have also been tracking their own academic progress in their individual data notebooks. This involvement has given them more ownership of their results, and we will be interested to see if this improves our overall performance this year.
Our Fine Arts Night is Thursday, May 9th, and it is always one of the highlights of our year. We hope you will stop by between 6:30 and 7:30 pm, and view all the wonderful artwork that the children have created throughout the year, as well as some exciting video projects that our 5th graders are exhibiting. Our 3rd grade will also perform during the evening.
May 6th will kickoff our 3rd annual Career Awareness Week, and it has expanded to include participation by our primary grades as well. The week is devoted to looking to the future and exploring possibilities. We will culminate the week’s activities with a Career Day for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. More than a dozen professionals from 16 different career clusters will come to Lincoln and share information about their jobs and their educational background and training. It is a wonderful learning experience for our students, and a great way to bring community members into our school.
In April, we had an interactive assembly to reinforce our character education program. It was based on the TV show, Let’s Ask America, and presented a review of our Code of Conduct in a very humorous way. Our theme this year, Be A Leader, has also proved successful with 86 of our 5th graders taking on specific jobs around the building to help keep the school running efficiently and effectively. We are extremely proud of how many students answered the call of leadership.
We will culminate our character education program this year with our 3rd mini Relay for Life, on May 31st. What better way to show leadership in the community than to help the American Cancer Society raise funds and spread awareness about cancer research? Each class will have an opportunity to share their creative spirit as they participate in the day-long walk, and honor the victims and survivors of this dreaded disease. Watch for the letter that invites all families and community members to join us and participate in this special day. We hope you will also consider being part of our team for the Cuyahoga Falls Relay for Life on June 1st, at the field adjacent to Bolich Middle School.
Our classrooms are wrapping up their academic programs and individual service learning projects, and this always provides interesting and enjoyable activities around the school. May also brings our much anticipated field days, picnics, and 5th grade recognition program, all of which will keep us hopping for the next few weeks. Please watch for announcements coming home.
And, as we reach our final days in June, and you begin to prepare for your child’s extended summer break, we remind you that the most important thing you can do for your children’s academic success is to keep them reading over the summer. Just 15-30 minutes each day will help most children keep their skills sharp, so they do not lose ground over the summer months. We always recommend the Cuyahoga Falls Library, and hope you will consider signing your child up for their Summer Reading Program. It will help them choose appropriate books for their “just right” reading level, and offer fun incentives to motivate them to read more. Whether they read independently or to you (or maybe a little of both) your insistence on a dedicated reading time will have a big impact on their reading achievement in the future. Also, don’t forget the web sites in both reading and math that will still be available to you and your family over the summer. These provide excellent practice, and a good alternative to watching TV. The site licenses for these resources have been purchased by our school district, and we should take full advantage their benefits. The teachers will send out reminders about these sites at the end of the school year.
Whatever your summer plans, we hope you will take the time to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy some family time together. It has been a great year at Lincoln and we look forward to seeing all of you again on August 26th.5/5/2013