Sunday, June 7, 2015

Barrows Happenings

So many great happenings at Barrows!

Weed to Read

 A break from school should not mean a break from learning. Much has been written about the "summer slide," a slip in reading and math skills that happens over the summer. Some research shows that a child who does not read over the summer can lose gains made between the end of one school year to the beginning of the next.
To prevent this from happening, we are kicking off a school-wide summer reading initiative. Can you help us in an effort to send each Shining ...Start home with a book or two to read over the summer by weeding your own personal library? Please bring in two (or more) gently used books to school by Wednesday, June 17th.

On Monday, June 22, all the children will have the opportunity to pick from the "pool" of books that we have collected. Help our Shining Stars start their vacation with books in their hands!
French Lessons
French lessons in Mrs. Boston's room! Thanks to Barrows Parent Mrs. Kovacs (Sam & Maya Szecsenyi's mom), students can ask names, introduce themselves, ask how things are going and respond, name colors and count.
Tree Donation
Our appreciation goes out to the Reading Garden Club and Mahoney's Garden Center for their donation of a tree, newly planted on our Barrows grounds - thank you! This gift will be enjoyed by many generations of Barrows Shining Stars! Have you planted something today?
Reading Public Library

Visits from the Reading Public Library get our students excited about summer reading!
Community Helpers

Visits from many community helpers have been a fun spot in Kindergarten!  This week a veterinarian speaks with our K classes!
PTO Meeting
Our final Barrows PTO meeting of the year is this Tuesday, 6/9 at Portlan Pie Company - come enjoy great company and celebrate in the hard work that our PTO has put forth all year! :)  (first timers welcome!!!)
Road Construction Update
Newport construction has fallen behind due to the heavy rains. They are currently located on West, in between Arcadia and Edgemont. They do not expect reaching Edgemont until next Friday, June 12th. The day they arrive at the intersection, they will adjust their work hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm, as not to adversely affect school traffic. Once they make it pass Edgemont Avenue, school traffic exiting Edgemont onto West will only be able to turn left. All school traffic trying to access Arcadia Avenue will have to do so from the West, Willow, and Summer side. I will continue to keep you updated. Please advise me of any issues that arise.

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