Next week, on Wednesday, March 23rd and Thursday, March 24th, your child will be taking his/her first English Language Arts/Reading MCAS test. These two days will test your child’s reading comprehension skills. The test will include answering multiple choice questions, short answer questions and open response questions (“O.R.Q.s”).
A friendly reminder of the best ways to prepare your child for the test:
- Beginning tonight (not just the night before please), have your child go to bed early each night so he/she will be well rested on the MCAS days.
- On the MCAS days, have your child eat a healthy breakfast (that includes protein) before coming to school.
- Please be sure that your child arrives on time to school on each of these days.
During the week of MCAS testing there will be no written homework. Instead, please encourage your child to continue reading and to play outside, if the weather permits.
Also, I’m looking for donations of healthy snacks for the children to share on those 2 days. Students with last names beginning with A-Ma can donate on Wednesday, Me-Z on Thursday (juice boxes, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, chips & salsa, banana bread muffins, whole wheat mini-bagels, etc.). My only request is that you send in enough for 19 students to each have exactly the same size, shape or flavor. Otherwise it gets challenging trying to figure out who – gets – what and to make it equal. (Thank you, in advance, for your help and understanding!) Also, please be sure that your child has a water bottle that he/she can use during the test.
Finally, please know that I have taken the time to explain to the children that despite the focus right now on MCAS, that it is just one small part of their education. I have assured them that if they are well rested, have breakfast and most importantly, try their best, they will do well. I am, and will continue to be, proud of their effort and accomplishments! Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
Thanks, as always, for your continued support!