Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
This year’s New York State school calendar is rather unusual. As a result, the upcoming holiday recess is incredibly long. The vacation begins Saturday, December 21st and has students returning to school on Monday, January 6th. More than two weeks. I would guess most of our children will be thrilled by the extended recess. On the other hand, the students may not be so pleased that they will be attending school until June 26th. Since the vacation is much longer than normal, student skills could erode during this extended period of time. Therefore to prevent regression, a number of our teachers have organized assignments to attempt to minimize the holiday time loss. If your child receives vacation homework, it is better to do a little each day rather than trying to complete the assignments in a frenzied rush on Sunday night, January 5th. Equally important, we suggest a few visits to the Island Trees Public Library which is opened for almost the entire vacation, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (closed Christmas, New Year’s Day and Sundays).