Principal's Message

  Mr. Christopher Moretti
  Principal
  (203) 426-7666
  morettic@newtown.k12.ct.us



Principal's Message:

                    Summer Reading

Dear Hawley Parents / Guardians,

The summer is a wonderful time for many things.  Swimming, hiking, & biking.  Bar-B-Ques, picnics, & camping.  Sports, camps & sleepovers.  Travel, vacations and visiting family/friends.  Unfortunately, what gets forgotten is READING.


The research is clear that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.  Like any skill, reading takes practice.  Children who read a lot during the summer sustain reading comprehension and vocabulary. With the prevalence of television, videos, computers, and other electronic distractions, it can be a challenge to encourage children to read. With 3 active boys, I know that simply giving a book to a child and telling them to go and read is not enough to guarantee progress!  


Here are some hints:

*Model reading; let your children see you make time to read

*Access to a variety of books/genres; visit the library weekly

*Ask questions about the book; characters, events, what happened, information/facts learned

*Read with your child; share your thinking, ask questions, teach vocabulary, discuss

***Books at your child’s reading ability


Reading books that are too easy or too hard will not improve reading abilities.  Reading books alone at your independent reading level and reading books at your instructional level with assistance shows reading achievement improving significantly!


FIVE FINGER RULE: The goal is to find a “sweet spot” where the reading is challenging, but not too frustrating. Ask your child to read 100 words from a book and teach your child to hold up one finger for each word that is too difficult to figure out.  If your child raises more than five fingers, then the book is probably too difficult.


So, by all means rest, play, laugh, eat, and enjoy the summer.  And, READ!!!


                          "I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, 
                                           I go in the other room and read a book."
                                                            ~Groucho Marx


Best regards,



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