• Chatham Elementary School Summer Reading 2017

    Chatham Elementary School is very excited to again partner with the Eldredge Public Library for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) this year.  Together, we encourage all students at Chatham Elementary and their families to participate in the nationwide library program “Build a Better  World.” This year’s theme combines how a better world starts with an individual, grows through friendship, and then builds to create a better community and world.

    On Monday, June 19, at 2:15, CES will kick off our summer reading events with a special presentation sponsored by Eldredge Public Library from Brett Outchcunis.  “Ooooch” will share his message of “inspiration through attitude, empowerment, and discovery.”  After the performance, Ms. Depasquale, the Youth Services Librarian at the EPL, will share with the students all the information they will need for the summer reading program. This year, we are very excited to announce a new feature in our collaboration with the Eldredge Public Library.  On Wednesdays beginning June 28, an EPL librarian will be at CES from 8:00 to 10:00 to register students for the summer reading program and to check-in with registered participants. The culmination of all the summer reading successes will be celebrated when we return to school in September.

    Summer learning is extremely important, so please help us support your child’s/children’s efforts.  In a University of Missouri study on summer learning regression,  “the study found that most students lost an average of one month of school learning over summer vacation. Some students, particularly those from disadvantaged households, lost up to three months of learning. Summer learning loss was greatest in math computation, reading, and spelling.” The coordination between the Eldredge Public Library and Chatham Elementary actively seeks to remedy these concerns by following the recommendation of another study (A Nation of Readers), “researchers found that the amount of reading done outside of school was consistently related to gains in reading achievement.  Children will engage in more independent reading when they have greater access to books. The study concluded that libraries play a crucial role for families.”

    We understand that summer is a time for students to explore, for creative play, and to spend days doing what they love to do. This summer reading program moves away from “mandatory reads” to one that supports all sorts of learning activities that allow children to have fun and choice in learning.

    Enjoy your summer learning!

    Robin A. Millen, Ed.D., Principal, Chatham Elementary School         
    Tammy DePasquale, Youth Services Librarian, Eldredge Public Library