Grades K-5 Summer Reading


Curriculum Office
94 North Elm Street
Suite 101
Westfield, MA 01085
Tel: (413) 562-2298
Fax: (413) 535-0351


Susan Dargie, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

June 28, 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Summertime is a fun and exciting time for students filled with outdoor activities.   Each year some students fall behind other classmates from summer reading loss.   Oftentimes, families get too busy and forget to include reading into their busy schedules or children may not even have access to books.   

Students who read regularly receive higher tests scores compared to those who do not.   Choosing their own reading materials is an important factor in motivating readers, especially those who are struggling.  Children and teens are more likely to read when it is something that interests them.  Independent reading is essential for students to become better at reading, spelling, and writing.  Reading just 4‐5 books during the summer may potentially prevent a child from experiencing a reading lapse and help perform at higher levels in the next school year.

Participation in summer reading programs is an excellent solution to reading loss.  Summer reading programs give students access to books, keep students engaged with reading, encourage self‐selection of reading materials, promote independent reading, boost student performance, and can develop lifelong readers.   By encouraging reading, whether it is at home or at the public library, you can help increase the odds that students will choose to read over the summer.

What can you do to help?

  • Participate in the WPS Summer Reading Program for Elementary Students by going to our website:, on the Main Page under Quick Links. 
  • Encourage your child to read at least 15‐30 minutes every day or a minimum of 4‐5 books     during summer break.
  • Motivate them to read anything at their reading level that interests them; whether it is comics, magazines, graphic novels, recipes, etc.
  • Take your child to the public library to check out books.  Let your child participate in summer reading programs and other activities.
  • Create a free Boston Public Library ecard account and access books online through the free OverDrive app. 


Susan Dargie