Entering PreSchool – 8th Grade Summer Reading

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Entering PreSchool – 8th Grade Summer Reading

June 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 3, 2019 @ 8:30 am

As the old saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” And over the summer, kids from every grade level stop actively learning, losing a good bit of what they’ve absorbed during the school year.
It’s called “summer slide,” “brain drain,” or “summer learning loss,” and it occurs when students “turn off their brains” during the summer months. “Learning loss” is the general umbrella term, of course, but it can attach itself to any specific discipline, like “summer reading loss,” etc. Research indicates 2 months of reading skills and 2 1/2 months of math skills are lost over a single summer. Plus, summer slide is cumulative, so those lost months add up over time.

To help combat the summer slide for our St. Francis de Sales Parish School students, we have developed some unique and developmentally appropriate reading challenges.

Please click the link(s) of the grade(s) your child(ren) are entering below, to learn their challenge and reward.

Entering PreSchool – Grade 2  
Entering grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 
Entering grades 7 & 8 (REQUIRED)

In the 2019-20 school year, we will be focusing on GROWING IN VIRTUE.  Our hope is that some of the books selected for the above reading challenges include books that will help them grow in virtue by seeing examples in literature. We highly encourage you to take a look at this list of books, compiled by Catholic parents, recommending books of all genres for all age groups (including parents).

Although we have developed reading challenge programs, we strongly encourage you to also challenge your students to continue working on their math skills weekly, too.  Here is a great article that discusses the issue of summer slide in Math, 4 easy and fun ways to stop the summer slide as a family, and multiple resources to investigate. 

We also encourage you to check out the links below for some other local summer reading incentive programs.

We have placed all of this information under events on our calendar on the homepage of our website.  If you happen to lose this email, please just head over to our website and click on our calendar and then click on Summer Reading Program for all details and links.


June 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am
September 3, 2019 @ 8:30 am