Summer Reading 2017
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Your children have grown tremendously this year and they’ve worked hard to continuously improve their reading skills and strategies. They’ve also worked closely with their teachers to explore the different types of reading available to them. Summer is a great opportunity for students to continue building their love of reading. It’s also an important time for them to practice all that they’ve been taught over the course of the year. To ensure that summer reading helps maintain students’ reading skills and strategies while fostering their love of reading, the Branford Public Schools has decided not to set a specific reading list for elementary students. We want students to read what interests and engages them.


Research tells us that goal-setting has a positive impact on students’ reading development. To motivate students to read over the summer, children in all three elementary schools will work with their teachers to set a personal reading goal. Additionally, to build school spirit and collaboration, each school will have one overall goal that teachers, students and staff will work to accomplish together.


In order to foster community at each building, summer reading celebrations will take place in each elementary school in the fall. At that time, students will share one of their summer reading experiences. To ensure that your child is included in the school celebration, please return your child’s reading contract and a completed log to his/her new teacher by September 8, 2017.


To support student's reading the Blackstone Library will have an interactive reading game that your child can play throughout the summer. The game will ask participants to not only read various types of books but also complete small tasks that will support the Build a Better World theme, allowing them to make a difference.


We know that many parents/guardians find it helpful when a list of recommended books is provided. Therefore, we’re including a few websites that have reading lists appropriate for students at various grade levels. Again, please note that these are not required booklists; they are intended only as a resource.


For Kindergarten and First Grade:


For First Grade and Second Grade:


For Second Grade and Third Grade:


For Third Grade and Fourth Grade:


For Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade:


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.


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