Principal’s message May 14, 2020

We are still awaiting information from the District, the County, and the State regarding what school will look like when we return in August.  We are all keeping an eye on reopening experiences in other countries where students are slowly returning to their campuses.  This continues to be an evolving conversation, with no firm decisions at this time.  As soon as more information becomes available, I will pass it along to all families.

While we wait, however, there are things we need to do to keep our children engaged in school and learning as best they can.  As we all know,  it is well documented that there is a significant loss in learning that occurs during summer months for students who do not read.  This phenomenon has been called by a variety of names: “summer slide,” “summer setback,” “summer shortfall,” “summer reading loss.”  Whatever the name, the research clearly shows that students who don’t read during the summer begin school the following fall at a significant disadvantage compared with students who read when school is not in session.

In order to encourage summer reading, our School Site Council, in conjunction with the Kensington faculty, is continuing their sponsorship of “Kensington Never Stops Reading.”  Our goal is to ensure that even during our shelter in place, we continue to provide resources to encourage our students to read daily.

Before school ends, we will send home:

  • information and links to grade-appropriate reading lists.

  • reading program recording sheet.

  • information about the “Kensington Never Stops Reading” incentive program that will   recognize  students who read a minimum of twenty minutes each day during the summer.

I encourage you to bring books with you wherever you are this summer.  Set aside time every day for everyone in the family to read.  You can read to your child or have your child read to you (or to a younger sibling or the family pet).  Don’t forget to let your child choose what he/she wants to read.  Reading anything is preferable to reading nothing!  Make virtual visits to the library or bookstore a family affair, and be sure to talk to your children about what they are reading.

It is our hope that all of our students will return to school, whatever that looks like in the fall,  prepared to be successful.  We look forward to partnering with you to encourage a summer during which “Kensington Never Stops Reading.”