From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
Friday a letter was sent home by backpack mail inviting your support of our Burns Park World Language Initiative. The benefits of early language learning are significant.
The 2007 College Bound Seniors report, issued by the College Board, which administers the SAT, shows that students with 4 or more years of foreign language study score on average 140 points higher than students with half a year or less experience on the Critical Reading section, another 140 in the Math section and over 150 points higher on Writing.
Our student’s knowledge of a second language will give them an advantage in learning to read increasingly complex text.
Exposure to more than one language is a way of “flexing one’s brain muscles” and building them up. Research also indicates that young children’s brains will respond more powerfully to this type of learning than at other times in their lives.
We also know that early language instruction can results in a broader view of the world, enhanced opportunities for college and careers, and a greater sense of cultural connectedness.
I hope that you will consider joining Vickie and me in support of the Burns Park World Language Initiative. Our community is unique in its long-term commitment to language instruction at the elementary level and in funding language instruction for each of the elementary grades.
Our buses continue to arrive in a timely fashion. I’m happy to see students engaged in play and socializing before the morning bell. I’ve also been pleased to see students participating in Walk and Talk, organizing themselves and competing in team sports, and enjoying creative play on our playground equipment, with milk crates, and digging holes in the dirt or building fairly doors with leaves and tree bark around the base of tree trunks.
Many of you have sent a link to the following article highlighting a study in which children who participated in greater levels of physical exercise experienced more rapid and expansive brain development. Others have sent links or articles about play and benefits for social learning and enhanced creativity.
This is our final week for submissions to The Penguin Press. Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to submit their articles by Friday’s deadline. Many thanks to Betsy Capelli for typing and designing a newspaper “for Burns Park students and by Burns Park students”.
I’m grateful to you for sharing information and perspectives and for the many ways you give your time and service to build an environment for excellence in social and academic learning at Burns Park Elementary School.
Have a wonderful week!