Just so you know, every student should have a decorated, laminated manila envelope with their name on it in their backpack. We will be sending these home when the students have mail, which could be finished work, permission slips or information about Bowman events. Please empty the bag and return it with your student the next day. Feel free to send us notes in the bag, and to return permission slips that way (although not cash money!).
Tonight, inside you will find two "At Home" activities:
The first is about the book Chrysanthemum, which we will be reading tomorrow in class. There is a place on the back for the student to write about their "special name" and where it comes from. Please take the time tonight to discuss the "origin" of their name and help them write a bit about it. If you would like to do the writing because they are very tired (School is exhausting!) that is fine. This is less about practicing writing and more about connecting home, school and family. If you do not have time tonight you can send it with your student Thursday or Friday and we will make time to share theirs.
The second is an activity called the "Paper Bag Activity", with instructions on what to do. We will start sharing those bags next Tuesday after Labor Day, but you can send them in early if you'd like. In case you never received one because your student forgot to bring home their mail bag, I have attached the directions to the bottom and you can use a "lunch bag" size paper bag from home :)
In regards to homework, please note that research does not yield a connection between homework and increased success in school. However, it does demonstrate a highly positive relationship between reading at home and academic success. In addition, there are apps which can be very educational and support your child's learning. Occasionally we will have at-home projects or activities (such as this Chrysanthemum activity or Student of the Week) that are meant to help students create connections between the school family group and their own family. We will provide more information about suggestions for optional at-home opportunities at the Parent Orientation.