Carmela Elementary hosted a Pastries with the Principal event on Wednesday, May 15, at their school to give parents an opportunity to take an active role in their student’s education and to enjoy pastries and coffee.
Carmela interim principal, Vanessa Sinde, hosted the event and spoke with parents about the topic of continuing to learn through out summer break. She began the presentation by sharing with parents about what students have been focusing on during the school year including reading comprehension, Cognitive Guided math, GLAD units to promote language skills, and English Language development.
Ms. Sinde went on to share about summer learning loss and how academic skills can decline when students don’t actively participate in educational activities. She explained what parents and guardians can do at home to help their student continue their learning. Sinde gave parents a packet that included helpful educational websites like MyOn and ThinkCentral. She also encouraged parents to read with their students, join summer programs, take educational outings, and play outside.
The Children’s Librarian at the South Whittier Library, Elizabeth Ramirez, was also in attendance and shared with parents about free programs that are offered.
“We want our community to be able to use our services and we don’t want them to have barriers that prevent them from using the library. We are here for you guys.”
Ms. Ramirez gave each attendee a South Whittier Library calendar that had all summer events. She shared that all programs are free to join and there are programs for children 0 years old to adults. The library also offers other classes including chess, art, and bingo. Lastly, she told parents that the library provides free lunch for children 0 to 18 years old Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Ms. Sinde wrapped up the event by giving parents the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a raffle with a variety of prizes.