It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by! Preparations have already begun, in many quarters, for next year. The Garden Party committee has begun planning for the fall fundraising auction; the School Site Council is already discussing school wide events for next year; teachers have created class lists; the KEF is meeting to finalize the budget which funds all of our enrichment programs; and PTA and Dads’ Club are finalizing their calendars to support our students, parents, and teachers. As we enjoy the last week of this school year, we are already building the excitement for the 2019-20 school year.
As parents, however, your job is to plan for the summer! I hope that while your family enjoys the slower pace, lack of homework, travel, and relaxation, you will find ways to keep your children excited about learning. Next week your child will bring home a bag filled with information about our “Kensington Never Stops Reading” summer program. In addition, every public library has a summer reading program in which you can enroll your child. Make reading a priority for your family this summer. In addition, find fun ways to practice math skills. Check out the bedtimemath.orgwebsite. Play some of the math games your child has learned this past year, estimate the grocery bill when you go shopping and compare the estimate to the actual total, practice figuring out the tax on items you buy at the store, count the number of pieces of junk mail you receive in one week; the possibilities for incorporating math into your daily life are endless. Encourage your child to write postcards when you’re on a trip, or keep a vacation journal. Leave notes to your child in unexpected places, and encourage her to write back to you. Let your child help you cook a family meal each week, and have him read a cookbook to find enticing recipes. Figure out how to double the recipe, or cut it in half. Be creative, and most of all, make learning fun!
Thanks so much for another wonderful year at Kensington School! I know I speak for the entire faculty and staff when I thank you for all of your support. I hope everyone has a great summer; I’ll look forward to seeing you in August.