Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to summertime! In addition to vacations, reunions, excursions, and just plain fun, we require that your children read and complete a mandatory summer reading assignment.

How do parents engage their children in reading during the summer? How do we encourage students to choose books that will captivate and carry the reader into a journey of the imagination? How do we help our children have fun while reading and learning? In the Uniondale School District, we have made that challenge easy for you.

Elementary Students
Students will read four books and participate in the summer reading bookmark project. Your child should complete four bookmark activities, one for each book read. There are a wide variety of activities involving fiction and non-fiction texts.
Students should complete the assignment for their grade level as of September, 2017. Your child’s new teacher will collect the completed bookmarks by September 22, 2017. The assignment has been sent home and is also available online on the library wiki, http://litebytes.wikispaces.com.


Middle School Students
Middle school students will be receiving a book from their teacher. Books must be returned to their middle school English teacher in September. Students will complete an assignment in class during the week of September 18, 2017.

High School Students
Each high school student will complete the appropriate grade level summer reading assignment. High school students must select books from the YA or adult sections of the public library. Please use the Uniondale Public Library website at www.uniondalelibrary.org to check book levels.
Students should complete the assignment for their grade level as of September, 2016. The completed assignment is due to your child’s English teacher by September 22, 2017. The assignment has been sent home and is also available online on the library wiki, http://litebytes.wikispaces.com

The library wiki explores a range of themes/genres for enjoyment by readers of different ages, offering to you the very best in reading guidance. Names of authors, reading websites, tips and ideas for making reading inviting and important to your families are included. Use of this guide will expand your children’s reading experiences which, in turn, will help them meet higher learning standards. In the fall, students are required to submit to their ELA teachers the attached assignment related to their summer reading.

Have fun while learning! Research assures us that independent reading is the basis of continued learning. We appreciate your support in our efforts to have all children read and complete their summer reading assignments to help ensure they will travel the road toward becoming lifelong lovers of reading.

Thank you.

Sincerely,


Beverly Wolcott, Director of English Language Arts, K-12
Janice Friedman, Director of Library Media Services and Instructional Integration