All students in grades K-4 “stepped-up” today to meet the team of teachers that will be at their grade level next fall. At Winthrop this involves some staff moving into new roles and positions, so it was important for students to be able to match names and faces before receiving welcome letters in August!
- Rising 5th graders met Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Lewis, and Mr. Yeaton
- Rising 4th graders met Ms. Bruce, Ms. O’Brien, and Mrs. Ogiba
- Rising 3rd graders met Ms. Bates, Ms. Hatch, and Mrs. Herook
- Rising 2nd graders met Ms. Gorevitz, Ms. McElligott, and Mrs. Orlofski
- Rising 1st graders met Ms. Hurwitz, Mrs. Twist, and Ms. Wilcox
All students were given information* to bring home about grade level supplies, and our almost 2nd-5th graders also received packets of information* regarding summer practice for literacy and math. Having sat through each session, the resounding plea was for students to become more automatic with basic facts (addition and subtraction in the lower grades, and multiplication in the older grades!) One teacher reminded students of their younger days when learning the alphabet. The teacher asked the students to think about how hard they worked to recognize their letters, and how easily the alphabet comes to them now. She then related that to practicing and becoming automatic with math facts!
Yesterday, children’s librarian Marianne Stanton presented to students and sent home information regarding summer reading, summer programming, and a suggested book list for Dream Big – Read! The Melrose Public Library will not charge children this summer to replace any lost library card, and all were encouraged to visit Monday-Thursday from 10-8, or on Fridays from 10-5. Books from the library are a great way to keep busy this summer, and an inexpensive way to reinforce learning and academics from the school year.
*All supply lists and summer packets will be posted on the Winthrop website within the next week.