Dear Families,

As we continue to work together to support your child and his/her learning, I wanted to provide you an update on our School Improvement Plan (SIP).

School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Our data reflection has come to an end and we have decided to focus on Reading for our next three year SIP. As a staff, we will be reviewing best practices around reading instruction, exploring new intervention ideas, and partnering with you to deepen the reading of all of our students. While we work during the day on supporting your child as a reader, we are asking all families to commit to reading at home each day. What specifically does that mean?

At school, we will push our students to think critically and deeply about the books we are reading with them. We will use books that have been identified as the Instructional Level for your child. This means that reading instruction will be differentiated to meet the needs of the many levels of readers within each classroom. To deepen comprehension skills, teachers will spend more time at an Instructional Level. This will allow the teacher to support the student as he/she better understands how to think within the text, beyond the text, and about the text.

At home, we are asking that your child engage with books that interest him/her. The book could be at his/her level, above that level, or even below. The idea is to create a passion for reading. Choice is widely acknowledged as a method for enhancing motivation. Allowing young children to make even a minimal task choice increased learning from the task and enhanced subsequent interest in the activity (Cordova & Lepper, 1996; Iyengar & Lepper, 1999). Worthy and McKool (1996) found that allowing students to make choices about their reading material increased the likelihood that they would engage more in reading. In addition, Guthrie and Wigfield (2000) suggest that providing genuine student choices increases effort and commitment to reading.

We will continue to offer a balanced approach to literacy in the classroom. We encourage you to make time each day for reading at home. We recommend 20 minutes a day for our primary students. Intermediate students should also get at least 20 minutes a day in for reading. However, we know how busy our students are and recommend that you find an amount of time that works best with your family’s schedule.

I appreciate the hard work of our staff and our families in helping all of our students to find success. 

Take care,

Michelle Pickard, Principal