June 2, 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
Welcome to summer and reading for pleasure! The faculty at West DeFuniak Elementary believes that reading is an important part of every student’s life, and not to mention a lot of FUN! Reading over the summer, in particular, prevents students from losing the reading gains they make during the school year so that students can return to school next year with a fresh start, ready to learn!
Goals and Program
WDE sponsors a Summer Reading Program for all students entering grades 1-5. The goals of the program are to foster a love of reading, to promote independent reading and to ensure that your child’s reading skills are maintained at their current level. This summer reading program is optional but strongly supported by our administration and teachers.
To participate in the Summer Reading Program, we require all students to read a minimum of five books at their reading level. The website http://www.arbookfind.com/ is a great resource to help determine if the book level is appropriate.
To complete the Summer Reading Program students will turn in to the office or Media Center their five book reports, on the forms provided, by August 11th, when students return.
The WDE Reading Hall of Fame recognizes students who read beyond the required number of books. Ten or more books are required to be in the “Hall of Fame”. WDE Reading Hall of Fame students must also complete a book report for each book, 5 through 10 and turn in by August 11th.
Finding the Books
The Walton County Library and our local book stores have many great reading selections. Either will be glad to assist you in finding the perfect books for summer reading! We hope that our Summer Reading Program will give students and their families an opportunity to share and enjoy summer reading.