Summer! Yes.. We are still working :]

Dear Friends,

Reminder: June 2nd is our Summer Splash Party at Stapley Aquatic Center from 1-3! $4 adult admission and $2 child.

          I want to start by thanking you for the wonderful gifts all year through. Your generosity is remarkable and our class never went without a thing this year. It would not have happened without your support, your donations, and your thanks. I feel overwhelmed with love!

Now for my summer good-bye:

          Your commitment to your child’s growth throughout the year has made learning in K-1 very special. Summers are filled with a different kind of learning that is equally as important but nonetheless, different. Please continue to read! Please continue to write. Please continue to play math games. Please continue to question the world. Not because it is homework but instead because it is time well spent together.

If your child is staying with me I am sending a private email with one specific skill I would like you to focus on. PLEASE spend a little time a day to master- 10ish minutes. This will prepare your child to be ready to reenter as 1st grade leaders.

 Here are some suggested 2nd grade summer reads:

If you like funny books, you'll love: • The Bad Guys #1 by Aaron Blabey • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel • Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks • They Didn't Teach This in Worm School by Simone Lia • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

If you like mythical creatures, you'll love: • Dragons and Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassasfras by Asia Citro • Rise of the Earth Dragons by Tracey. West • The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman • Magical Animal Adoption Agency by Kallie George • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara** • Dragon Slayer's Academy by Kate McMullan • Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows

If you like adventure stories, you'll love: • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne • Galaxy Zack by Ray O'Ryan • The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey • Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

If you like mysteries, you'll love: • The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler • The Whodunit Detective Agency by Martin Widmark • A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy • Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen AF Venable** • Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery by Robert Quackenbush • The Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale

If you love realistic stories, you'll like: • Heartwood Hotel by Kallie George • Pug Pals Two's a Crowd by Flora Ahn • Stink by Megan McDonald • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows • Noodle: The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles • Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door by Hilary McKay • Daisy Dawson is On Her Way by Steve Voake • Lola Levine Is Not Mean by Monica Brown

I hope to be reconnected with my now 2nd graders in some way in the future- it may be with a younger sibling or even a quick hug in the hallway, maybe even an invite to their graduation. We are now forever connected through your child and I love that!

When your child feels unmotivated or not quite themselves over the next couple weeks, pull out the end of the year video (look for a Dropbox from Harmony Turley with all the videos coming soon). Have it downloaded on a flash drive-plug it in to a T.V. or computer and remind them of the fun they had, the friends they made, and that Mrs. Reichert and Ms. Mercer will forever love them!

Finally to both my kiddos and parents, come see me, anytime for absolutely anything! My ears, hugs, and smiles await you in my home in Room 14.

           It is amazing how fast the year flies by when you are having fun! The summer will be just the same. So have fun and always remember to GROW in every way possible and that, I love you!

Ms. Mercer

P.S. Continue to Grow your Heart and Grow your Mind!


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