June 6, 2018

Dear Loring Community,

Thank you for another wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  Special thanks to our LCC/PTA who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.

That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Loring staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals. A final word to Loring scholars:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a Loring Leopard.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit. Remember, once a Leopard, always a Leopard!  Everyone have a safe and happy summer break. Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.

Sincerely,

Principal Gibbs
Loring Community School

“We are ALL here, ALL the time, for ALL children!

 

Staffing Changes – Pay attention to the Loring School website for any staffing changes that may occur over the summer. I will keep these updated. With a large number of our teachers planning on retiring over the next few years we will have an opportunity to help support a new batch of amazing Loring teachers.

Construction Updates – Breaking ground at Loring is planned for next spring. The tentative plans include a major safety and security overhaul, air conditioning throughout the building and an upgrade to our cafeteria to allow for on-site cooking! The plans are to do most of the construction over the course of two summers (2019 & 2020). Watch for updates throughout the next two years.

Reading over the summer is critical to your child’s success!

Reading during the summer makes a real difference in your child’s success entering school in the fall. Our expectation is that students read a minimum of ten books over the summer or at least 15-30 minutes a day.

Research is very clear that books read independently at home should be self-chosen and at a reading level which matches the child’s ability. If you have questions please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher. If your child wants a harder book, read it aloud to him or her. Reading aloud to kids of all ages is a great tradition that builds vocabulary, comprehension, and is just plain fun!

Talking with your child about books also improves your child’s reading comprehension. Possible questions to ask: What has happened so far in the book? What do you think the character will do next (and why)? What are you wondering about the book/story now? What is the problem in the story and how is it getting solved? Can you retell the basic story/facts about the book? In fact, the more you engage your child in meaningful conversation in general, the more he or she will improve his/her thinking. (what about non-fiction reading?)

If your child is not an eager reader, encourage any reading – comic books, sports statistics, series books, joke books, magazines and online stories all help!