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Palmer Elementary


L. Pearl Palmer Elementary School
7864 Hicks Road

Baldwinsville, NY13027

(315) 638-6127


Together, We Learn!   

                                                                                                                                         June 25, 2014

Dear Parents: 

     We had our final school assembly this morning and handed out various awards.  Our 5th graders got to lead us in our school song for the last time before leaving for Ray.  We will miss the 5th graders and parents. Our 5th grade students are a wonderful group of children, and we know they will do really well in sixth grade!


     Report Cards will be available for viewing on the Parent Portal starting tomorrowJune 26th, 2014.


     Supply lists for next year can be found on our school website now and throughout the summer. 


     We are looking for a few lunch room monitors for next year. This is a very rewarding position working with our children from 11:00-1:30 each full day of school.  If you are interested, or if know someone who might be interested in this, please contact me at 638-6127.  Thanks!


     Annamaria Natale has helped keep our display sign out front up-to-date for the last three years, and we thank her for doing a wonderful job.  Her son is moving on to sixth grade, so we are looking for a parent willing to change our sign periodically during the school year.  If you could help us with this, please contact me at 638-6127.  Thanks, again, to Annamaria for her help!


     Yesterday, we sent an email with a link from our PTA for the PTA newsletter.  Please check it out, as there are several simple ways that you can help to support our school and children over the summer.  There is also some great information about a summer reading program.  Speaking of summer reading, here is an excellent editorial from the Post-Standard last weekend:




Hey kids! Here’s an A+ summer idea

As the school year draws to a close, parents of schoolage children are hearing more about the “summer slide.’’ Over summer vacation, students lose one to three months of hard-earned learning simply by not being in school every day. 

There’s a simple fix for stopping the summer slide: Get kids to read every day. Research shows that kids who keep reading over the summer gain skills. Kids who don’t fall behind. Some, especially children in lower-income households, never catch up.

It’s not easy to encourage reading when kids have so many diversions. In a survey conducted for Reading Is Fundamental, parents said their child spent an average of 17.4 hours a week watching television or playing video games, 16.7 hours a week playing outside and only 5.9 hours a week reading. Only 17 percent of parents said reading was a top priority during the summer, the survey found.

Simply making books available to kids is one way to encourage more summer reading. The Syracuse City School District, in partnership with Scholastic Inc., is giving every elementary school student a backpack filled with 10 ageappropriate books. That’s 93,000 books.

Children who get to choose their own books may read more. That’s where libraries come in.

All 32 libraries in Onondaga County are participating in the New York State Summer Reading Program. Parents and kids can choose from hundreds of programs; visit your local library online or in person to find out more. The
 Onondaga County Public Library also has a teen program that rewards participation with prizes and online badges.

Another way to support summer reading is simply to ask kids, “What are you reading?’’ said Ginny Carmody, executive director of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.

Here are more tips from the New York State Library:

 -Get your child a library card. 

 -Read with your child every day. Take advantage of “waiting” time at the doctor’s office or in line at the grocery store. 

- Take books with you to the beach, lake or pool. 

-Read on your own and talk to your kids about what you’re reading. 

 a list on the refrigerator of the books everyone has read.

The summer slide isn’t inevitable. Make reading a priority in your household this summer and you just may be amazed at what happens when your child returns to school this fall.



     Help your child avoid reading regression by making sure they have fun opportunities to read throughout the summer. Remember the saying, "Read With Your Child: The Most Important 20 minutes of the Day!"    


     The PTA is sponsoring a wonderful end of summer outdoors Movie Night for our families on August 15th.  A flyer about it went home today. We are all very excited about this opportunity to get together right before school starts again!


     Classroom assignments will go out in the middle of August.  You should get the assignment letter by around August 18th.  We don't finalize assignments until then because we often make adjustments to class lists throughout the summer due to students who transfer in or out of our school.


     We would like to thank everyone for another wonderful school year!  We are so lucky to have such a supportive community with hard working students, supportive parents, and dedicated staff!  On behalf of our entire staff, we hope you have a safe, fun summer with your family, and we look forward to working with each of you again in September!



Steven W. Frey


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