Can you believe we have only 9 days left of the school year? What a year it has truly been and I cannot believe we are closing out the school year. Let’s do whatever it takes to close out the year in a strong way!
Thank you for all that you have done this year and the trust you put in us to ensure that this year was a successful one despite the circumstances. Our hope is that we can return to some form of normalcy next school year. You are a vital part of our success next year. Please continue to read through all communication throughout the summer. When we are all on the same page, we will continue to take CHES to the next level!
SUMMER HOMEWORK - SUMMER BRAIN TRAINING
Before the last day of school, you will be receiving information from your child(ren)’s teachers about Summer Homework. Summer Homework will be extremely important. We want scholars to be set up for success in August and the best way to ensure that is to make sure they do a little bit each day! :) In order to help build on their growth during the school year, your scholar will be assigned work in Google Classroom to be completed by the first day of school.
Some strategies that can help your scholar over the summer are:
Use the logs and resources in this packet to hold your scholar accountable for completing their work over the summer.
Encourage your scholar to read every day by asking questions about what your scholar is reading.
Limit the amount of time your scholar spends watching TV or playing non-educational games on their device or TV.
Keep your scholar’s brain engaged: Take your scholar to museums, support her in learning new things, expose him to music and art, take him to the library… there are many ways to do this!
With your support, we know your scholar will come back to school ready to hit the ground running.
If you have any questions about Summer Homework, Please reach out to our school email address AFCrownHeightsElementary2@achievementfirst.org
JUNETEENTH (June 19th) IS THIS WEEK!
This week we will honor and celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the date when news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops arrived to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved people in the deepest parts of the South.
Fact #1: Following the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, not all enslaved people immediately found freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in states then in rebellion against the United States. Union troops operating in said states gave teeth to the Proclamation. This, however, did not apply to the border states.
Fact #2: The Civil War ended in the summer of 1865. Union General Gordon Granger and his troops traveled to Galveston, Texas to announce General Orders No. 3 on June 19, 1865. June 19th would go on to be known and celebrated as Juneteenth: General Orders No. 3 stated: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor."
Fact #4: The period after Juneteenth is known as the ‘Scatter: Undeterred by the recommendation to remain in place, many former enslaved people left the area during the original reading. In the following weeks formerly enslaved people left Texas in great numbers to find family members and make their way in the postbellum United States.
Fact #5: Juneteenth has been celebrated under many names: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day to name just a few.