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Newsletter - Powicki/Spanel


Hello from Ms. Powicki’s and Mrs. Spanel’s Classrooms :)

We hope you all enjoyed Friendship According to Humphrey! We look forward to reading another exciting book next year. If you have suggestions for a book title or book activities for our next project, please let us know and we will try to make your ideas work. It’s so important to read with your child each day. Reading 20 minutes everyday substantially increases vocabulary and student achievement, so please consider adding this activity to your daily routine. 

Reading with your child is a great way to be involved in his/her education and success.  Another way to be involved is to have conversations about school with him/her. Research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is even more important than volunteering in classrooms, school activities, etc.. Below you will find some conversation starters you may want to consider. 


Conversations About School - “School to Home Connections”

“Let’s see what you brought home.” Look at completed work to find out what your child is learning and how well she’s doing. You could comment on her math work or social studies project, for instance. Also, respond to notes from her teacher, and sign her weekly folder or daily planner if required.

“Describe a book you enjoyed today.” This gives you an idea of what your child prefers to read. Then, build a daily reading habit by asking what he’d like to read tonight. Encourage his reading and listening skills by reading aloud to him and letting him read to you.

“Tell me what you learned that you’d like to know more about.” Use her interests as jumping-off points for activities to share. If she likes geometry, you might hunt for shapes together. If she’s fascinated by how animals adapt to winter, take her to the library to research the subject or to the zoo to see live animals.


Other questions you could ask your child after school might be:

What’s the coolest thing that happened today? What wasn’t so cool?
Pretend you’re the teacher. How would you describe the day?
What made you laugh today?
What was the most creative thing you did?
How were you kind or helpful today? How was someone kind or helpful to you?

      Also, as we near summer break, please remember the summer reading program at the Norfolk Public Library. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education. A small amount of time can make a huge impact on his/her achievement. 

Have a wonderful summer and we’ll see you in the fall,

Ms. Powick and Mrs. Spanel