Dear Students, Parents, Caregivers and Staff, 

As we approach the end of another remarkable school year, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each member of our school community. This year has been filled with incredible achievements, personal growth, and memorable experiences that we will all cherish. 

To our students: You have worked hard, shown resilience, and demonstrated a commitment to learning that inspires us all. Whether you are moving up a grade, transitioning to a new school, or graduating, know that we are proud of you and excited for the bright future that lies ahead. Take this summer to rest, recharge, and pursue your passions. Keep reading, exploring, and staying curious. 

To our parents and guardians: Your unwavering support and partnership have been instrumental in the success of our students and the school. Thank you for your involvement, encouragement, and trust. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in the upcoming year. 

To our dedicated staff: Your dedication, creativity, and hard work have made this year a success. You have gone above and beyond to ensure our students receive the best education and support possible. Enjoy your well-deserved break and return refreshed for another great year. 

As we head into the summer months, I encourage everyone to stay safe, make wonderful memories, and take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. I look forward to seeing you all again in the fall, ready to embark on another fantastic year together. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and enjoyable summer! 

As we enter the summer break, I want to encourage you to take advantage of this time to continue supporting your children’s learning in fun and engaging ways. Keeping up with math and literacy skills over the summer can help prevent the "summer slide" and ensure that students are ready to hit the ground running in the fall. Here are some suggestions for incorporating math and literacy activities into your summer plans: 

Math Activities: 

  1. Everyday Math: Incorporate math into daily activities. Have your child help with cooking to practice measurements or calculate distances and travel times for trips. 

  1. Math Games: Play board games and card games that involve counting, strategy, and logical thinking, such as Monopoly, Uno, or Chess. 

  1. Online Resources: Use educational websites and apps like Khan Academy, Prodigy, or Cool Math Games to keep math skills sharp. 

  1. Shopping Math: Involve your child in budgeting and shopping. Have them compare prices, calculate discounts, and tally the total cost. 

  1. Nature Math: Explore nature and use it as an opportunity to discuss patterns, symmetry, and geometry found in plants, flowers, and landscapes. 

Literacy Activities: 

  1. Summer Reading: Visit your local library and participate in summer reading programs. Set reading goals and explore a variety of genres and authors. 

  1. Writing Projects: Encourage your child to keep a summer journal, write letters or emails to family and friends, or create their own stories and books. 

  1. Family Reading Time: Set aside time each day to read together as a family. Discuss the books, ask questions, and share your thoughts. 

  1. Educational Websites and Apps: Utilize resources like Storyline Online, ABCmouse, or Epic! to find engaging reading materials and literacy games. 

  1. Word Games: Play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, or crossword puzzles to build vocabulary and spelling skills. 

Combined Math and Literacy Activities: 

  1. Math Story Problems: Create story problems that involve math challenges for your child to solve. 

  1. Educational Field Trips: Visit museums, zoos, and science centers. These outings often have educational materials that incorporate both math and literacy. 

  1. Recipe Reading and Baking: Follow recipes together, which involves reading instructions and measuring ingredients. 

Remember, the goal is to make learning enjoyable and integrated into your everyday life. By engaging in these activities, you can help your child retain important skills while having fun and spending quality time together. 


Jenn Darling
Proud Principal of MPES

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