Good Afternoon West Parish Families,
I hope West Parish students have found time this summer to explore the outdoors and play both in and out of the water with family and friends. In the midst of all of your summer adventures, I would like to encourage you to carve out a small chunk of time dedicated to maintaining your child's skills in literacy and math. Research has shown that students who do not practice their reading, writing and math skills throughout the summer often come back to school demonstrating a decline in these skills, known as the "Summer Slide". My desire is that students return to West Parish at the same level of proficiency in these academic areas as when they left school in June. Therefore, I would like to remind you of the opportunities West Parish students have this summer to keep practicing their skills.
· Lexia- All students have a Username and Password and can log in and work at their "just right" level. Recommendation 30 minutes or more per week. Current and incoming Grade 5 students, remember Mrs. Parkhurst and I would love to see you all "Finish" the program before you move on to O'Maley. We have many students actively working on Lexia already and Mrs. Orlando is printing certificates regularly! Great job students and thank you Mrs. Orlando, keep up the good work.
· Mathletics - This spring we chose to adopt Mathletics in place of IXL due to the simpler interface and the competitive nature and game aspects of Mathletics that the students in Mrs. Sargent's room piloted and enjoyed. In the last week of school all K-4 students received a flyer with their username and password. Students are currently assigned to their previous grade allowing them to review what they learned last year.
· Summer Reading Program at the Sawyer Free Library- We are so privileged to have this resource so close to the school. If you have not been to the library this summer I encourage you to let your child give you a tour.
· Journaling- Many teachers encouraged students to journal their adventures over the summer. This is a great way to capture a memory and maintain their writing skills!
If you are unable to locate or remember the usernames or passwords to Lexia or Mathletics please e-mail me and I can send them to you.
May there be many more sunny days before we meet again on September 1st!
to the West Parish Website! West Parish
School is a Kindergarten to Grade 5 School of approximately 350 students and 65
staff members. The next few years promise to be exciting with the move into our transition sites; with Kindergarten through Grade 4 at 62 Prospect Street (formerly St. Ann's School) and Grade 5 at O'Maley Innovation School. As you drive down Concord Street you will see that the demolition of the old school is well underway and the creation of the New West Parish will begin soon! I am looking forward to the next two years and I hope you and your children
will join us in this “great adventure” where we will continue to work together to creating ever improving learning opportunities for the West Parish Community.
In the FALL of 2016 a New West
Parish School will be opened. This new
building will be state of the art and a tremendous place for your children to
learn and grow.
the last two years, it has been a pleasure for me to welcome the many new
students, parents and staff to the West Parish School community. I look forward to meeting new families and
seeing each of you become a part of the West Parish Community.
As we enter into a time of transition and change, I invite and encourage all of our parents to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions for ways to enhance the learning of West Parish Students. In addition I thank you in advance for partnering with the staff to support your child’s education. There are many forms of partnership: helping with nightly homework, Communicating regularly with staff to inform us of changes that may impact a child’s readiness to learn on a given day, working collaboratively with the teachers, participating in PTO events, serving on a committee, attending school functions, volunteering, etc.
We welcome your participation, need your support, and appreciate your feedback.
Here's to another great year at West Parish!
Dr. Telena Imel, Principal
West Parish School
62 Prospect Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
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The students created a rainbow birthday banner for
Dr. Imel's birthday!
Read about our new math program-Math in Focus!