Saturday, October 19, 2019

This letter was sent home to all LAP families on Wednesday. If you need another copy, please let me know and I will send one home with your child. My contact is

We're Celebrating and You're Invited!

When: Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Where: Cedarhome Elementary Library
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The students receiving additional support in reading through the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) have been working hard! This is something to celebrate!! Come join us on the morning of October 30th, 2019, in the library for muffins and beverages. For your enjoyment, some of our students will be performing. Students will be released to their classrooms at 10:10 a.m. Afterward there will be a LAP overview and opportunity for you to provide input on our Compact & Parent Involvement Policy. You will also receive ideas to help your children with reading at home!

Please, R.S.V. P. by October 23rd, 2019 so we can determine the needed amount of food to provide during this celebration.

 Thank you!
 Jennifer Booth LAP Coordinator/Reading Specialist

-------------------------------Please return this bottom portion by October 23rd-------------------------- _____Yes, I will be there! _____Sorry, I can’t make it. Student(s) _________________________________ Parent(s) __________________________________
Total # of people attending: ___________

 Slip goes to Jennifer Booth, LAP Coordinator/Reading Specialist

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Coordinator

Welcome to the
2019-2020 School Year

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am delighted to be your new Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Coordinator working with Jill Kline, Carrie Brown, and Luke Brown (para-educators) at Cedarhome Elementary School. As you all know, Cindy Phillips retired last year and I have very big shoes to fill as the new LAP Coordinator! She has graciously volunteered hours upon hours this summer to train me. This new job is an exciting journey for me and I can’t wait to meet you in September and start working with your child.

Let me introduce myself. My career began in the Stanwood-Camano School District in 1993 after graduating from Western Washington University. I have had the privilege of teaching grades Kindergarten through fourth grade and I can honestly say, reading has been my favorite subject to teach over the many years of my career. My husband and I enjoy living on five acres just outside of the Stanwood city limits. We are new empty nesters this year since both our children have left home to attend colleges. That being said, I have lots of time to pour into my new position and set goals for helping you support your child at home.

My goal is to update this blog every month with information to help you guide your child at home to improve his/her reading strategies and skills. Please check back every month for valuable information!

Looking forward to meeting you,
Jennifer Booth
Learning Assistance Program Coordinator

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Spring is here!

      I can feel it in the air! Do you hear the birds singing in the mornings?  It's a wonderful feeling isn't it?!  We can definitely feel the shift here at Cedarhome Elementary. Students are becoming a bit more antsy. They're talking about practices for their spring sports, and are excited to not have to bundle up in three layers to stay warm!

Thinking back when my two sons were young and in elementary school I remember the difficult time we had sometimes fitting it all in between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on school nights. (Bedtime was 8:00 p.m. and yes, they needed that much sleep!)  One would have baseball practice at Heritage Park, the other at Stanwood Middle School.  Their dad could sometimes help with transportation, yet other days mom was on her own.  On top of that, I'm a teacher! My first question was always " How much homework do you have today?"  And I always wanted to make sure some reading was done as well.

You've worked all year to establish before and after school routines and schedules. During this busy time of year I recommend trying to stay as close to your already established schedules and expectations as much as possible. It's tough to do, but so important! Children thrive when they know what is expected of them and what to expect in a day or week. Especially with reading!  For those students who struggle with reading, or "don't like to read", being allowed the opportunity to not have to read is like winning the lottery!  But unfortunately there is no pay off like winning the lottery and the struggle becomes even more difficult.  

So if something needs to be skipped because of busy spring sports schedules and activities, think about missing that night time T.V. show to get 20 minutes of reading in.  If that doesn't work, maybe skip the morning cartoons?  To quote Margaret Fuller (American Author) "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Can Learning "Freeze" Over Winter Break? You bet!

I'm sure many of you are aware of the "Summer Slide" (see previous blog post of 6/12/18 - School's Out for Summer) but did you know that a winter learning loss can also threaten your child's knowledge and academic growth?  You may think that this small break won't hurt, but it can lead students to lose valuable lessons they've worked so hard to master this past semester!

You may think that the difference between summer and winter break is huge and that it wouldn't be difficult for a student to lose skills after months of not putting them to use. Yet in fact, research has shown that the largest losses in some subjects are experienced within the first two weeks out of school.  Our school district's Winter Break is a little over two weeks, meaning students have plenty of time to lose valuable skills, strategies, and information.  This can be the result of not putting their lessons to use and forgetting about school for a couple of weeks.

Don't take me wrong, it is important for students to have a break from a strict academic routine, but that doesn't mean they (we) should forget about school all together. Look for some fun activities the whole family can participate in that are also educational! Visit our local library, practice writing skills by keeping a winter break journal, play math games, and of course as a Reading Specialist I can't miss this opportunity to remind everyone to READ! Read with your child, read aloud, in the car, listen to books on tape, read new recipes together, anything to keep them reading! Be sure to check out the monthly newsletters sent with our LAP students for additional ideas. 

Less than two weeks upon their return from winter break students at Cedarhome Elementary will be given Winter Benchmark assessments to determine if their academic progress is on track. These assessments are also used to determine if a student could possibly need additional reading support through the LAP program or within their classroom. So please, make sure your child(ren) continue reading throughout your holiday!  We would like their assessment results to show their true academic growth so far. Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!