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Parent Message
Welcome to the new school year! I am looking forward to working with your child this year to improve Reading skills. You will be notified if your child is scheduled to work with me during Enrichment Block. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year. I can be contacted through e-mail: patricia.suter@lbsdk12.com, by phone: 228-863-0478 which is the front office, or by note. If you call the front office, leave a message and I will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your support.
Lesson Plans 9/30-10/4
Groups 1-2: Will focus on comprehension by determining the main idea of paragraphs, pages, sections, etc. Cite evidence to support ideas.

Groups 2-8: Will focus on vocabulary skills. Decoding, context clues, and other strategies to help to determine word and phrase meanings.
Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers
● The most important and best way to improve reading skills is for your child to read daily outside of school. 15-20 minutes every afternoon or night will improve reading and language skills tremendously.
● Have your child read out loud or silently using materials at home or AR books from the school library. This will also help your child reach their AR goals each nine weeks.
● Have your child tell you about what he/she read after reading a page or two. If your child is unable to do this, break the retelling into smaller units (after a half page, after each paragraph, or after a few sentences).
●If you have younger children, encourage your older child to read to siblings.
●If your child is unable to read fluently (like he/she speaks), have them reread the sentence or paragraph again until they are able to read fluently before moving to the next sentence or paragraph.
●To aid in fluency, encourage child to read in phrases (groups of words that go together), choral read (you reading with them at the same time), or take turns reading sentences or paragraphs. This allows child to hear what fluent reading should sound like.
Benchmarking
For students to perform their best, students need to:
*Get enough sleep the night before
*Eat a good breakfast
*Be on time for school
*Take time and read carefully
*Use previously taught strategies

Benchmark testing schedule:
August 8: Star Reading
August 9: Star Math
August 12: i-Ready Reading
August 13: complete any unfinished Ready Reading
testing and/or make up Star testing
August 14: i-Ready Math
August 15: complete any unfinished Ready Math
testing and/or make up testing
August 16: Make up testing for Star and i-Ready.