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This year DG58 is providing families with new resources for summer learning. Don’t be overwhelmed—we have the CliffsNotes version, just for you! Looking for Summer Math Club? Scroll down for info.

Nitty Gritty

Incoming Grades 1-6

Read 20 minutes a day and practice math 10 minutes a day, five days a week

*Incoming Herrick Students*

Reading: Select a minimum of three books from the list to read this summer (of course we encourage you to read more than three). Pick one to complete the reading comprehension worksheet. You only need to complete an assignment for one of the three books read. This assignment is due on the very first day of school- August 26, 2015. All language arts/reading teachers will be collecting the assignment on this day only! This assessment will count as part of your grade for the first quarter, however, we realize that there will be some strategies that you may not be as familiar with; please just do your best. Teachers will be looking at these as another piece of data at the beginning of the year.

Math: complete 120-150 minutes of math practice per week

Why?!

MAP testing showed that DG58 students experienced up to one year’s worth of Summer Slide in reading last year. The national average is losing 1 point in RIT scores; we lost 9 points in RIT scores. To put it bluntly, this is bad: our students began this year trying to recoup a year’s worth of reading instead of moving forward with reading and math skills.

DG58 is providing these recommendations (and yes, they’re optional—the district can’t make you do it) and resources to ease your summer learning burden. Tell the kids it’s the district’s fault!

Logging Your Work

More than one of us twitched a little when we saw the paper logs that came home this week. Don’t panic!

  • If you participate in the Downers Grove Public Library’s summer reading program, you don’t have to log reading separately: If you participate in the library’s Summer Book Program or in the District’s Online Enrichment Program, you do not need to re-record your reading on the DG58 record sheet. Simply attach your Summer Reading Club Sheet from the library to the DG58 Summer Learning Record Sheet or turn it into the library.
  • OR, use the online reading log (your student will need to log in with his or her Apple ID first)
  • If you use IXL, you don’t have to log math practice separately! IXL will do it for you. Need to verify: If you participate in Summer Math Club, you don’t have to log math separately, just be sure to turn in your completed sheets.

For ALL the details, visit http://www.dg58.org/summer.

Summer Math Club

Your student will receive their grade-appropriate math packets before the end of the school year. No need to sign up, just redeem Summer Math Club prizes at the Downers Grove Public Library Meeting Room (1050 Curtiss) only on the dates and times below:

Prize Redemption Dates:

June 19 & 20
July 10 & 11
July 31 & August 1
August 14

Prize Examples:

Keychain eraser and color change pencils
Color stacking pencils and mini game book
Choice of a fun toy
Free ice cream or pizza

Summer Math Club details

Unable to make it during these Math Club prize days and times? Email summermathclub58@yahoo.com and request the grade-level sheets your student has missed. Students may bring their completed sheets to Whittier during the first three days of school to receive their prizes.

Goodbye Summer Slide 2014

Our wonderful Whittier teachers have recommendations to help—if you missed our May PTA meeting, be sure to start with the Goodbye Summer Slide presentation from Mrs. Gergits and Mrs. Krygeris:

Goodbye Summer Slide Presentation (PDF)

Additional resources from Mrs. Gergits, Whittier’s reading specialist:

Summer Reading Incentives (PDF)

Suggested Apps for Learning (PDF)