Summer Reading 2019
Dear Dixon Families,
It is our goal at Dixon to help every student become a skilled reader who develops a life-long love of reading. Throughout the school year, we do everything possible to accomplish this goal by providing explicit instruction, high-interest reading materials, time to read, and time for students to talk about their reading with others. We also know your support of your child's reading at home has an incredible impact and we thank you for that commitment!
Research shows, however, that children can experience "summer reading loss" over the months when school is not in session. Studies have shown that some children can experience up to a 3-month loss in reading level. One study of first, second, and third graders in a middle-class neighborhood found that nearly 45% of the students declined in decoding skills and 25% of the students declined in fluency over the summer.
We want to ensure that this does not happen to our students at Dixon! We know that many families have the best intentions, but our busy lives take over and before we know it, the summer has come to an end. Therefore, we have created different resources, programs and book lists to help keep our students engaged in reading throughout the summer.
We all know the summer will pass quickly. Setting goals and establishing the habit of keeping track of our reading can help each child maintain the skills and habits that he/she has worked so hard to develop over the school year. We hope you will join us in this effort to help your child continue to grow as a reader over the summer!
The Entire Staff of Dixon Elementary
What will you read?
When will you read?
With whom will you read?
Here are some ideas...
Read __ times a week
Read before bedtime, when you get up, or after breakfast __ times a week
Participate in the public library program or a book club with some friends
Attend a summer school reading class or read with a tutor __ times per week
Have a neighborhood book swap or swap books at a Little Free Library
Research a topic such as a vacation spot, a hobby, an animal, or any topic
Read __ books in a series or read __ books by your favorite author
Check out new books every week from the library and read them
Summer Literacy Tips
Create a summer routine. One of the biggest things I discuss with those at home is to find a routine for summer reading and not leaving it to chance. Is is that everybody reads before getting out of bed? Is it the last thing that happens at the end of the day? Create a drop-everything-and-read time and then abide by your own decisions and join in with your own books, because we know that children who see adults read, read more themselves
Embrace audio books. We do a lot of driving in the summer as we visit family, so audiobooks from the local library are a constant companion. They cut down on our kids arguing, creates conversation, and become a part of our summer memories. You can even download audio books and e-books from the Public Library's website or from our Elmbrook resource, SORA!
Have your own to-be-read list. Go book shopping with your kids and create a list of books you all hope to read this summer. Browse the displays at the library or at bookstores, look up the bestseller lists to see what is hot in literature right now. Countdown the days together for that sequel or amazing new book to be released. Build excitement for the act of reading together.
Visit places where books are present. Build visits into the library, bookstores or even friends' houses where there are books visible into your summer plans. Seeing books within reach often entices reading and there is something about the promise of a brand-new crisp book that cannot help but be excited. And browse online as well.
Make it social. One of the biggest joys of summer is hanging out with people, so why not add books to it? Perhaps every Sunday night is declared "Books and milkshakes" at your house? Perhaps you create book picnics or host a book club yourself. Perhaps you engage in a friendly competition with each other to see who will finish their book first, no cheating. Reading can be a social event, don't force it to be solitary all of the time.
Embrace real choice. So your child wants to read the same book all summer? Ok. So your child wants to read super easy books all summer? Ok. So your child wants to read only one type of book all summer? Ok. Summers are for great reading experiences, for having fun with your reading, for keeping the joy of reading alive. We can work on challenging texts later.
Be invested and interested. Ask genuine questions about their reading experiences. Share your own. Embrace your reading slumps together and do something about them together. Ask questions about what they plan on reading, whether they like the book or not, or what made them pick that book. Keep it light but keep it constant.
Keep it joyful. We often lose readers over the summer because it is seen as a chore, so keep it light, keep it fun. Don't assign journal prompts or summaries to go with it. Don't make it homework, but instead revel in the joyful experience that reading a great book can be.
Resources for Summer Reading
Access the district SORA to get access to books digitally for free! Use "Dixon" to log in.
This is a really fun article that lists different family summer adventures and how to connect them with reading. A MUST READ!
Access the International Literacy Association's Children's and Teachers' Book Choices for the best books to consider checking out at the library or purchasing.
This site lists tips and links to help you keep your kids reading over the summer.
Sign up for Camp Wonderopolis, the online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics for kids and their families.
Head to Start with a Book for ideas for fun and meaningful interactions around books and things of kid interest
Summer Reading Programs
Brookfield and Elm Grove Public Library Summer Reading Program Find out all the great events that are happening just around the corner!
Teachers and librarians can register kids for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge so they can earn digital rewards for summer reading.
When kids participate in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program, they earn a free book after reading 8 books.
Summer Reading Book Lists by Age/Grade
Scholastic Summer Reading booklist for ages 0-Young Adult
Barnes and Noble booklists
Summer book lists from Reading Rockets for ages 0-12
The Dixon library will be open during the summer every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m., beginning June 12 and running through August 21. Please note that all students are welcome to check books out as long as their accounts are cleared of outstanding fines and overdue books before Friday, June 7th. If you have questions about the status of your child's library account, please contact Stephanie Foley, Dixon Library Assistant, at 262-993-9624. Thank you!
Dixon's PTO works with 1stDaySchoolSupplies to prepackage next year's school supplies for families. If you're interested in placing an order, please go to Dixon's School Store Link below. Your child's school box will be delivered to Dixon School in August.
This is a reminder that your ability to volunteer at Elmbrook School District will come to an end on 6/30/2019. If you plan to volunteer after that date, please take this time to complete Elmbrook Schools volunteer applications by going to our website and filling out all three steps.
The School District of Elmbrook welcomes family and community volunteers to support our students and staff throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities exist in school classrooms and libraries, as well as through participation in school and district committees, focus groups, athletic or performing arts events, and several parent organizations. Volunteers provide supervision on field trips, plan school community events, offer fundraising and donation support, and actively engage in classrooms to support student learning. Each year, Elmbrook families and community members contribute thousands of hours of service and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of our students, programs and schools. Thank you!
To ensure the safety of our students, beginning on September 1, 2015 all volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with students will be required to have an approved criminal background check prior to volunteering. Background checks are required for any volunteer (including parents) who meets any of the following criteria:
• the volunteer will have unsupervised contact with students
• the volunteer has a regular or ongoing assignment at the school;
• the volunteer will be off campus with students in an unsupervised situation, including chaperoning field trips;
• the volunteer is a mentor to a student or students;
• the volunteer is a coach or club advisor; OR
• the volunteer is unknown to the school or department staff.
Please read the full policy for more details.
If you are new to our District or are in need of renewing your Volunteer Application, please follow the steps below:
All 3 steps are required.
Confidentiality and student safety are paramount within Elmbrook School District for staff and volunteers. As a volunteer in Elmbrook Schools, you are requested to be aware of and agree to the required expectations and responsibilities on confidentiality and safety, which are consistent with those for all district employees.
Please click on this form, read the Practice Statement 4530, fill in the fields and submit.
All Volunteer Applications will be kept in a confidential manner in the District Human Resources office. Volunteers that are approved will need to re-submit an Application
From Dixon Staff to our Wonderful Dixon Families & Students -- HAVE A HAPPY SUMMER!
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Dixon's Cancer Walk was a HUGE success! Currently, we have raised over $6,900 for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to all of the Dixon students and families for your support of this special event. I would like to recognize our top 5 fundraisers as : Jackson and Callen Suttle for raising $125 each. Zoey Schilz raising $212. Amelia Lamb raising $500 and Charlotte Steiner raising $2125. The classroom that will be earning the extra art time for most money raised is Mrs. Schubert's class. I am so proud of all of the Dixon students and family members that were able to join us in the walk. Dixon is an amazing and caring community. Thank you so much!
Visual Art Instructor
Dixon Elementary School
Dixon's fifth graders enjoyed a perfect day at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World.