I am always amazed at how quickly the school year moves. The first quarter is over, we have had our first snow day, and the holidays are upon us. I am excited as I watch the academic and social emotional growth of each child. I appreciate the hard work of the staff and the support you provide us. Each day you send us your most precious gift and it is something we never take for granted.

Our mindfulness program is off to a good start. The key is teaching children to acknowledge their feelings, understand it is ok to feel that way and provide them with a wide range of methods to address them. I have attached two articles I find very interesting. I am fascinated by the research on the impact that mindful practices may have on the brain. On November 27th, the PTO and PBAC team are combining their meetings to support us in providing an informational night on mindfulness. The evening will begin at 6:30. We are hoping for a large turnout.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all families a safe and healthy holiday season. It is important to slow down and take the time to be thankful. It is also important to remember for some the holidays can be a difficult time. I ask all of us to keep that in mind and do our best to bring joy to others.

Thank you for your patience, guidance, and support. It is a pleasure to work and serve the PBES Community.

Tips for early readers

  • Invite a child to read with you every day.
  • When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees.
  • Read a child's favorite book over and over again.
  • Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.
  • Discuss new words. For example, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?"
  • Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
  • Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and information books.

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Tips for all readers


It can be helpful for your child to get some work done before approaching a text. Pre-reading allows your child to get ready for a new text before tackling it. There are many pre-reading techniques you can show your child, like skimming for main themes and brainstorming about what may come. Have your child say or write down a few ideas about the text before diving in.

Cause and Effect, Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

It's important for your child to understand cause and effect when reading. There are exercises you can do to help. For example, tickle the bottom of your child's foot. When your child laughs and kicks the air, ask why. At some point in the near future, apply this to same principle to a text your child must read for school.

Your child will sometimes need to understand the difference between an inference and an observation. An observational statement is usually a statement about what has been seen. An inference, however, is a conclusion logically drawn from what has been seen.

As a critical thinker, your child will need to draw his or her own conclusions from a text, in addition to understanding the overall theme. Go over texts with your child and help him or her draw conclusions, such as the story's moral or what the character would do next time.

Prediction and Context Clues

A common exercise, when it comes to strengthening reading comprehension, is prediction. While reading a story or book with your child, have him or her make guesses about what might occur later in the text.

Understanding and using context clues is also a reading skill your child will often need to master before entering into middle school. Context clues are the words in a sentence that surround a new vocabulary word. These words are designed to help your child gain an understanding of the new term. Although context clues are most commonly used in textbooks, they are also used in many genres of children's literature.


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