Principal's Message

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Welcome to Panther Lake Elementary!

Christine Szymanski

Dear Panther Lake families, 

I hope you are enjoying a summer filled with fun, relaxation, and memorable family moments. While it's important for our students to enjoy their time off from school, we also want to encourage activities that support continuous learning and curiosity. Here are some engaging ways to keep your child's mind active during the summer months:

  1. Reading Adventures: Visit your local library and participate in summer reading programs. Encourage your child to explore a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Setting aside time each day for reading can help maintain and improve their literacy skills.
  2. Creative Writing: Encourage your child to keep a summer journal. They can write about their daily adventures, create stories, or even compose poems. This activity not only enhances writing skills but also helps in reflecting on their experiences.
  3. Math in Everyday Life: Incorporate math into daily activities. Whether it’s cooking (measuring ingredients), shopping (calculating costs), or playing games (keeping score), there are countless ways to practice math skills in fun, practical contexts.
  4. Science Exploration: Take advantage of the natural world around you. Visits to parks, nature reserves, or even your backyard can be opportunities for scientific exploration. Encourage your child to ask questions, observe wildlife, and conduct simple experiments.
  5. Educational Outings: Plan visits to museums, zoos, and historical sites. Many of these places offer interactive exhibits and special summer programs that make learning enjoyable and hands-on.
  6. Arts and Crafts: Foster creativity through arts and crafts projects. Drawing, painting, building models, and other hands-on activities can stimulate the imagination and improve fine motor skills.
  7. Physical Activity: Ensure your child stays active with outdoor play, sports, or family walks and bike rides. Physical activity is crucial for healthy development and can also be a great way to explore new interests and skills.
  8. Online Learning Resources: Utilize educational websites and apps that offer engaging and interactive learning opportunities. Many platforms provide free resources across various subjects, making it easy to tailor activities to your child’s interests.
  9. Gardening: If you have space, start a small garden. Gardening teaches responsibility and patience, and it can be a wonderful way to learn about plants, ecosystems, and the environment.
  10. Family Game Nights: Play educational board games and puzzles that challenge your child’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These activities are not only fun but also foster family bonding.

Remember, the goal is to make learning enjoyable and part of everyday life. By engaging in these activities, we can help our students retain and build upon what they’ve learned throughout the school year, preparing them for a successful return in the fall.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and educational summer!

Warm regards,

Dr. Christine Szymanski

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