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5 Reasons to Stay Connected to School This Summer ☀️

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5 Reasons to Stay Connected to School This Summer ☀️
By Sean Bartlett

Summer is generally seen as a time for children to rest, visit with friends or family, and explore new and exciting adventures. Some will play hours of video games, others will read every book they can get their hand on. Fantastic global vacations and discovering new local spots are popular summer activities. Families and children can also stay connected to PJA, the MJCC and our entire Kehillah. Here are five reasons why staying engaged with PJA this summer will benefit the whole family.

  1. Staying connected to school during the summer opens up opportunities for children to embark on learning adventures together. PJA’s Summer Discovery Program offers exciting enrichment opportunities like a Dungeons and Dragons class, chess, and unique art classes. By participating in these activities, children bring home what they learn and share these new experiences with the whole family.
     
  2. Summer is a critical time for parents to support their child's educational journey. By linking summer enrichment experiences with a child’s school education, families can support a life-long love of learning. Whether it's reading from the summer reading list, including education in family trips to museums and cultural centers, or exploring new learning independently, staying connected empowers parents to be active partners in their child's education.
     
  3. Summer provides an opportunity for families to strengthen their connection with the school community. PJA hosts family engagement events like the Back to School Picnic (held this year on August 25th, 2024). Kehillah class reps will occasionally host summer gatherings for classes to connect. By participating in these events, families can forge relationships with each other and meet new students, creating a supportive network that extends beyond the classroom.
     
  4. For families with children transitioning to a new grade or school in the upcoming year, getting and staying connected over the summer is especially important. PJA’s Kehillah connects families to help ease the transition process. By staying engaged with their Kehillah class representatives, families can access information about what to expect. Reaching out to school administration during the summer and attending open classrooms the day before school allows families to meet teachers and staff and address any concerns or questions they may have, ensuring a smoother transition for their child.
     
  5. Summer is a time for making memories that will last a lifetime. By staying connected to school and campus community, families can create memorable experiences together like marching with their school and the local Jewish community in Portland’s Pride parade or attending camps and events at the MJCC. These shared experiences not only strengthen family bonds but also instill a love of learning and love of place that can extend far beyond the summer months.