Dear Students and Parents,

During this difficult time, let's remain positive and reassure our children that we will get through this, especially when we all work together!  As far as schoolwork is concerned, getting students to explore their interests,  to read for at least 20 minutes each day, to write stories, and to play math games, is recommended at this time. Students also need the time to relax, get outdoors, and exercise.

If you are interested in checking on your child's reading in the upper grades, you may want to refer to the Questions to Ask and Reading Response Questions prepared by fourth grade teacher, Ms. Mingus. It is located in Our Files section under the Reading Team. The point is for parents to ask maybe one or two questions while your child reads a book or a passage. Students have been taught how to answer the Reading Response Questions, and doing so will give them an opportunity to do some writing.

Most of you are aware that your child has a Clever badge. Using the badge enables your child to explore many different sites for reading, math, social studies, and science. If your child has forgotten his badge information, please email your child's classroom teacher.

I strongly encourage you and your children to also look at There are many wonderful stories that can be read to students, or our Kilby Tigers also have the opportunity to read stories independently. Students can take virtual field trips and watch informational videos. The great thing about the K-2 sites is that the stories can be read in Spanish as well.

Parents often ask us what they can do to help their children at home, and one of the most important things that parents can do is to read to their children. Fortunately, since libraries are closed, you can still access books online. This suggestion is good for students in Pre-K- 5. I read to my own child until she was well into sixth grade. Reading to your children develops vocabulary, listening, and comprehension skills. It helps them understand the world in which we live, its history, our sciences, and just about everything. 

Enjoy your time with your family, and remember that there is no app like your lap! Please read to your children! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 571-248-1744 or email me at the address below.

Karen Sheedy
Title 1 Reading Specialist
Kilby Elementary School