Events

6
Jun

Prevent the Summer Slide

Attention Parents: 

Even though school is almost over, it’s not too late to help your child become a better reader. Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improving their language skills. Help prevent the Summer Slide before the new school year begins next fall.

 

Here are 10 facts about the importance of reading during the summer:

 

ALL young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. 1

READING is the most important subject in school. Why? Because a child needs reading in order to master most of the other subjects. It’s extremely difficult to do word problems in math if you can’t read the words. How can you answer the questions in social studies or science if you can’t read and understand the textbook? 2

LEARNING or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two– year lag in reading achievement. 3

REGARDLESS of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. 4

TEACHERS typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material students have forgotten over the summer. 5

IT is estimated that the “Summer Slide” accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle- and upper-income peers. 6

READINGas a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary and reading speed. 7

3RD graders who can’t read on grade level are four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than a proficient reader. 8

HAVING reading role-model parents or a large book collection at home has a greater impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income. 9

AN overwhelming 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves. 9

 

So now that you know why summer reading is so important, what are some ways you can encourage your child to read? 

    • Visit your local library or bookstore – often. Having access to as many books and reading materials as possible ensures that your child will always have something to read.
    • Make sure your child participates in a summer reading program (such as those offered by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries or the Baymonte School Library). Summer reading programs offer incentives and a variety of fun activities that promote reading and learning.
    • Have your child record their books so they can keep track of their progress.
    • Read aloud. Children of all ages love read alouds and it is a great way to spend time together.
    • Be a good example. It’s hard to encourage your children to read if you’re not reading yourself.
    • Check out or subscribe to kids magazines (Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic Kids, etc.).
    • Read about your vacation destination before you go.
    • Read about something you want to do together (hiking, planting a garden, working on motorcycles).
    • Turn off the TV and substitute one half hour of reading. Make reading a family event by having 15-30 minutes of family reading time every day.
    • Print is everywhere. Read cereal boxes, newspapers, comics, magazines, books, ebooks, street signs, etc.
    • Carve out time for reading, even when your schedule is packed. This will show your child that it is a priority.
    • Listen to an audiobook while reading along in print.
    • Always include books in your bags whenever you go somewhere, for your kids and for yourself. Reading is a great activity to beat boredom or fill in downtime.  
    • Encourage social reading. If your child wants to read a book because other kids are reading it (and you don’t have personal reasons why you think your child isn’t ready for the book), by all means get a copy. You could even create a Book Club for your child and their friends.
    • Check out a few book lists for students to get new ideas.             
    • ALSC Summer Reading Lists
    • Scholastic Summer Reading Lists
    • Common Sense Media Summer Reading List

 

 

 

References


1. White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004.

2. Ten facts  parents should know about summer reading: Jim Trelease.

3. Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap, Jimmy Kim, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2004

4. Ameliorating summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students, Richard Allington, April 2007

5. Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap, Karl Alexander, Doris Entwistle, Linda Steffel Olson, April 2007

6. Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Frazen, August 2009

7. The Power of Reading, Stephen Krashen, Libraries Unlimited., 1993

8. Annie E. Casey Foundation, Hernandez, Donald J., 2011

9. The Kids and Family Reading Report™ 4th edition conducted by Harrison Group and Scholastic, 2012.

 

 

24
Apr

Baymonte 4/5 Band Rated “Excellent” at CMEA Festival 

Baymonte 4th and 5th grade band students performed at the the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Festival held at Santa Cruz High School. The band performed for a panel of three professional adjudicators and music directors, and received a unanimous rating of “Excellent”. Afterward, they received a clinic workshop which focused on strengths and suggestions for improvement.

Overall, God blessed us all with a great experience, and a fun way for our Baymonte music students to perform out in the community along with other bands from all over the California Central Coast. A huge thank you to the students for their hard work and a special thanks to the parents for their support and generous help with the event.

Gratefully,

Jason Braun, Baymonte Music Director

7
Mar

Baymonte Celebrates 50 Years with the Golden Gala

Baymonte’s Golden Gala last Friday not only beautifully celebrated our 50th year but also far surpassed our fundraising goal. We raised $172,000 for campus renewal projects, making this the most successful fundraiser in the history of the school!

A special thank you goes to our lead sponsors, GateWay Bible Church, Whitings Foods and Morgan Stanley – Erik Hanson, in addition to the many businesses and individuals who generously supported the event. Rod Caborn, our very lively auctioneer kept guests engaged while they enjoyed wine provided by Stockwell Cellars and Bruzzone Family Vineyards, as well as crafted appetizers, at the Scotts Valley Hilton. A photo booth and live music by the Mike Hadley Band provided a memorable night for all.

We are appreciative of our many volunteers and generous donors who contributed their time and money to this spectacular event.

This event was made possible by the power team comprised of Rod Caborn, Gretchen Cortes, Jeremy Geels, Pam Hanson, Janelle Mace, Michelle McDaniel, Teresa Olsen, Mandy Sackett and Steve Patterson.

Enjoy the photos of the evening taken by Patrice Fernald.

View the Photo booth gallery: https://showoflifephotobooth.smugmug.com

7
Mar

Experience a School Day at BCS

Baymonte Christian School is hosting our “Bring A Friend To School Day” on Friday, March 16th for students currently in K – 7th grade. Become a BCS student for a day and meet our students, teachers and staff. If they have a friend at Baymonte we will pair them up for the day, otherwise we will connect them with a buddy in their current grade. Complimentary lunch included. Also, take home a BCS Swag Bag as a thank you for visiting us.

Current students are encouraged to invite a friend from a sports team, church, or neighborhood to spend a day at school. A complimentary lunch will be provided for you and your buddy.

To have your child participate in this special “Bring A Friend To School Day”, please complete the online consent form by Monday, March 12th. If you have additional questions please email admissions@baymonte.org or call the Baymonte Office.

15
Feb

Happy Kids, Happy Parents: Valentine’s Day Sports Movie Night Success

The Valentine’s Day Sports Movie Night was a great success bringing in a total of $1,775. Mrs. Fernald hosted 104 participants! Kids had a blast while parents were able to enjoy a date night. Thank you to the Baymonte community for supporting the Elementary PE program.

8
Nov

Experience a School Day at BCS

Bring A Friend To School

Baymonte Christian School is hosting our “Bring A Friend To School Day” on Monday, November 20th, for students currently in K – 7th grade. Become a BCS student for a day and meet our students, teachers and staff. If they have a friend at Baymonte we will pair them up for the day, otherwise we will connect them with a buddy in their current grade. Complimentary lunch included. Also, take home a BCS Swag Bag as a thank you for visiting us.

Current students are encouraged to invite a friend from a sports team, church, or neighborhood to spend a day at school. A complimentary lunch will be provided for you and your buddy.

To have your child participate in this special “Bring A Friend To School Day”, please complete the online consent form by Wednesday, November 15th. If you have additional questions please email admissions@baymonte.org or call the Baymonte Office.

11
Apr

Bring A Friend To School Day Success

Baymonte’s Bring A Friend To School Day last Wednesday was a success. We welcomed forty-two students from other schools in our community on our campus for the morning. We received positive feedback from our visitors about our warm, loving teachers, fun activities, engaging chapel, beautiful campus and delicious lunch. It was an exciting day filled with lots of liveliness and fun!

14
Mar

Meet & Greet with Headmaster for Monte Vista Christian

Baymodownloadnte is hosting a Meet and Greet with Dr. Mitch Salerno, the incoming Headmaster for Monte Vista Christian School. This event is intended for Monte Vista families who live in our area, and Baymonte families considering Monte Vista for high school. This will be our opportunity to meet Dr. Salerno and understand his vision for Monte Vista Christian School.

The Meet and Greet will take place on Thursday April 6th at 7:00 PM in the Culwell Den. We hope you’ll join us for this event. Please RSVP to office@baymonte.org if you are planning to attend.

 

14
Mar

Experience a School Day at BCS

Bring A Friend To School

Baymonte Christian School is hosting our “Bring A Friend To School Day” on Wednesday, April 5th, for students currently in K – 7th grade. Become a BCS student for a day and meet our students, teachers and staff. If they have a friend at Baymonte we will pair them up for the day, otherwise we will connect them with a buddy in their current grade. Complimentary lunch included. Also, take home a BCS Swag Bag as a thank you for visiting us.

Current students are encouraged to invite a friend from a sports team, church, or neighborhood to spend a day at school. A complimentary lunch will be provided for you and your buddy.

To have your child participate in this special “Bring A Friend To School Day”, please complete the online consent form by Monday, April 3rd. If you have additional questions please email admissions@baymonte.org or call the Baymonte Office.

21
Feb

Valentine’s Day Movie Night

Valentine’s Day Movie Night was a fundraising success.  All 60 students had a ton of fun! Parents enjoyed a date-night out on the town while their kids enjoyed an evening with their friends watching “Alvin and the Chipmunks Chip-Wrecked”. There were hundreds of raffle prizes and every child who came won a prize. The elementary PE department raised over $625.00 for new equipment.  Thanks to the families who participated and a special thank you to Peggy Nunes, Janice Bresson, Shyla Nunes, Jezreel Martin and Allison Bingham. What a great night for everyone!

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