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Elementary Principal Blog

Pam Finnegan

Back in July, I wrote a post on pointers for getting ready for the school year. I’d like to end the school year with a similar post for the summer.  

  • Enjoy the slower pace of summer! Depending on your child’s personality, either encourage or allow them to relax and unwind for a bit! I’m going to repeat exactly what I said in my July post: slow down and savor these days because your kids will be grown and leaving for college before you know it. As the saying goes, “the days are long, but the years are short.”
  • After a break, brush up on any skills your student may need to reinforce or strengthen. If you have a reluctant math student, working on weak areas once a week over the summer may give them the leg up they need. While this probably will not be well received by your student, trust me when I say it is worth it! This was one of the most beneficial practices I employed when my kids were elementary school age! If necessary, find a tutor to help your student.
  • Along those lines, we are implementing an elementary (grades 1-6) summer reading and keyboarding/typing log. There are no required minimums for how many books a student needs to read or minutes a student should practice keyboarding/typing. We are simply requiring that they keep up with the two and return the logs to their English teacher during the first week of school. Students may use one of the many computer programs or online games available for keyboarding or just practice typing a passage on their own. Our goal is to increase or improve their proficiency in preparation for upper elementary and middle school grades. 
  • Be intentional about how your family spends their summer.  
    • It can be so easy for kids (and adults) to waste the day away in front of a screen.  Limit screen time and make it contingent upon activities like completing chores, spending time outside, and making something creative first. 
    • Take a weekly trip to the library, the park, or your favorite restaurant. Make it something special that everyone looks forward to! 
    • Serve others. A sure-fire response to “I’m bored” is to lend a hand somewhere!Find an opportunity to help your church, your neighbor, or your community as a family. 

Please reach out if you need anything this summer! Administration takes a three-week break after the last day of school. After that, we check our email regularly throughout the summer.  

Praying you all have a restful break!