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Great Oaks Legacy Newsletter

November 2016

Spotlight Scholars

Legacy Campus

Egypt Heath is a very hard working scholar who embodies all the RISE core values of the middle school.  She takes her education very seriously, and has an extraordinary work ethic.  Egypt is a kind, generous and respectful young lady and a role model for others. 

High School Campus

Najirah Marshall (pictured), Charlene Shepherd, and Anisa Armour received their acceptance to Keystone College. This year, Great Oaks Legacy celebrates its first class of seniors.

Seen at Great Oaks Legacy

7th Grade scholars conduct real life science experiments during a field trip to ‘Students 2 Science’ in East Hanover, NJ in October.

Sports are up and running at the high school – here is our soccer team practicing for the season that’s underway. We have begun preparation for basketball season as well!

Some of our Tutor Corps members attended the Breast Cancer Walk in Newark.

Reminders From the Office

Downtown Campuses

  • Parent Potluck/Curriculum Night - November 17th for the Downtown Middle School, High School & 8th Grade Academy Campus.
  • Friends and Family Skate Night for Downtown Middle School on Friday, November 18th from 6:00pm-  8:00pm at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center. Tickets will be available at the door for $12. Please contact Ms. Thompson at 973-565-9170 for more information.

Legacy Campus

  • Don’t forget Friday's early dismissal times at the Legacy Campus! Pre-K, 5th, 6th, and 7th are dismissed at 2 pm. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are dismissed at 2:30 pm.
  • Our first Parent Circle meeting will be November 16th in the auditorium at 5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
  • 1st grade will be visiting the Crayola Experience on November 21st.
  • 7th grade field trip to Ground Zero on November 22nd.

Parent University

Read Baby Read...

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

Now that school is in full swing, we want to make sure that you continue to help us help your scholar by ensuring that her or she reads or is read to at 20 minutes each night. The power of reading cannot be denied. Research states the following as it relates to consistent reading practices:

  • Scholars who read often and widely get better at it. This is pretty much just common sense. After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything we do and reading is no different.
  • Reading exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, say, watching TV. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.
  • Reading improves concentration. Scholars have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on what they are reading. If they read regularly as they grow up, they develop the ability to do this for longer and longer periods.
  • Reading teaches our scholars about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake; however, it also builds background knowledge which supports scholars with reading confidently and critically.
  • Reading always improves a scholars’ vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the our scholars’ ability to write well. This is because scholars learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously internalize information and how to use words and language effectively.
  • Scholars who read do better at school. And they don’t just do better in literacy. They do better in all subjects because they have learned more words, analyzed situations and opened their minds to new experiences.
  • Reading a great form of entertainment that can relax and calm the brain. The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are actually quite stressful for our brains. When we read, we read in silence and the black print on a white page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

Here is a Web site you can use to support with selecting and/or purchasing grade level appropriate books: http://www.ala.org/alsc/booklists

In closing, please support or to continue to support your scholar’s reading habits. Scholars who read always, always do better in school. And they don’t just do better in literacy. They do better in all subjects because they have learned more words, analyzed more situations and opened their minds to new experiences.

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