Incoming Grades 1-4

    Dear Parents,

    Summer vacation is a time when statistically, children lose reading skills. Children who spend time with books are making a huge leap towards reading achievement. It is clear to researchers that children who participate in summer reading programs perform significantly better in school and are more likely to read at or above their grade level.

    Manasquan Elementary School adopted a mandatory summer reading program for the incoming 1st through 4th graders. They have been provided an appropriate list of books for the students to enjoy. Students at each of these grade levels will be required to read ONE book and complete the grade level activity for the ONE book he or she has read. Please know that the assignment will be counted as a quiz grade. If the children complete more than the one book and the activity, they will be rewarded in September with a special surprise upon their return. Please remind your child that he/she has to go above and beyond just completing the mandatory reading to receive the surprise! Our goal is to recognize and reward the children for reading books during the summer in hopes that they will develop a lifelong love for reading.


    Summer days spent at the library have been documented as playing a significant role in fostering literacy with our children. There is so much you can do to help your child become a stronger, more accomplished reader. It truly is a family effort and parents are encouraged to make a conscious effort to keep books accessible everywhere and make reading a part of a typical every day routine. Here are a few simple suggestions:


    • Spend an afternoon browsing a bookstore or the local library
    • Receive 10% off your summer reading lists at Manasquan’s Booktowne
    • Hide the Video Game controllers and unplug the INTERNET access
    • Pack books in the beach bag
    • Make your own special occasion and wrap a book as a gift!
    • Form a Reading Club with your children and their friends
    • Select one day a week for Library Time and keep it like a weekly appointment!
    • Go to www.wegivebooks.org and log the books you read and they donate books to others
    • Visit the Barnes and Nobles website for a chance to win a free book this summer http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/index.asp


    Happy Reading!

    Colleen Graziano                                           Christin Walsh                                     

     Principal                                                       Reading Specialist