Kindergarten Summer Reading

Kindergarten Suggested Summer Reading List

Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Below is a list of titles to get you started on summer reading but please feel free to read whatever you and your child enjoy the most.  Happy Reading!

Books About Me

  • The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
  • I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow
  • It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work my Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Incredible You! 10 ways to let your greatness shine through by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer
  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

Family Stories

  • Just Me Books by Mercer Mayer
  • Berenstain Bear Books  by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Predictable Stories

  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
  • 50 Below Zero  by Robert Munsch
  • Stephanie’s Ponytail  by Robert Munsch
  • The Mitten  by Jan Brett
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret  Wise Brown
  • Gregory the Terrible Eater  by Mitchell Sharmat
  • The Gingerbread Boy  by Paul Galdone

Beginning, Middle, End Concepts

  • 3 Billy Goats Gruff by Glen Rounds
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
  • Click Clack Moo: Cows the Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
  • Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
  • It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Color and Counting/Math Books

  • Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Each Orange Had Eight Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti Jr.
  • Rooster Off to See the World by Eric Carle
  • Painting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Greedy Triangle  by Marylin Burns
  • Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
  • 26 Letters and 99 Cents  by Tana Hoban
  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • Bunny Money  by Rosemary Wells

Caldecott Winners and Honor Books

  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Madeline  by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Mirette on the High Wire  by Emily McCully
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Stone Soup  by Marcia Brown
  • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Nursery Rhymes

  • James Marshall’s Mother Goose by James Marshall
  • Tommie dePaola’s Favorite Nursery Tales  by Tommie dePaola

Folktales and Fairy Tales

  • John Henry  by Julius Lester (Caldecott book)
  • Rumplestiltskin by Paul Zelinsky
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Cinderella by Marcia Brown
  • The Three Little Bears  by  Paul Galdone
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Peter Christen Asbornsen
  • The Three Little Pigs  by Rodney Peppe
  • The Ugly Duckling  by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Hare and the Tortoise by Brian Wildsmith

Friendship Stories

  • Who Will Be My Friends?  by Syd Hoff
  • We Are Best Friends by Aliki
  • Benjamin and Tulip  by Rosemary Wells

Non-fiction and Science Books

  • My Five Senses by Aliki
  • Cars and How They Go  by Joanna Cole
  • Eyewitness Juniors Amazing Frogs and Toads by Barry Clake
  • Non-fiction books are highly recommended for rising kindergarteners. Look for books with pictures and photographs of real things, i.e. animals, cars and trucks, airplanes, countries and culture, nature, sports, etc.  Most libraries have a large selection of DK books which most children love to read and look at. Check with your librarian for recommendations.

4th Grade Summer Reading 2018

In the midst of your summer vacation find time to cozy up in quiet nook and lose yourself in a great story. Please feel free to read books from this list or any other books that interest you.  Happy reading!


The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

A biography of your choosing.

*(Please keep notes on your biographer’s accomplishments and qualities as you will be given an assignment when you return.)


Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & Tasha Tudor

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White & Edward Frascino

Award Winners

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

Because of Winn- Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien & Zena Bernstein

The Mouse & the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Zip by Ellie Rollins

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Historical Fiction

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick

Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Realistic Fiction

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy

Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Bell Bandit by Jacqueline Davies

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

Henry Hubble’s Book of Troubles by Andy Myer

Science Fiction

George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner & Jeremy Holmes

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville & Mike Wimmer

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

Sports Fiction

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

Skinnybones by Barbara Park

Little League: State Showdown by Matt Christopher

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

Satch & Me by Dan Gutman

Stat: Standing Tall and Talented by Amar’e Stoudemire


How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby

Strudel’s Forever Home by Martha Freeman

Summerkin by Sarah Prineas

The Chicken Doesn’t Skate by Gordon Korman

Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs by Mixed Authors

Dreamer by Cathy Hapka

Duke by Kirby Larson

Lucky by Chris Hill

Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles

Mystery & Thriller

The Haunted States of America… by Joan Holub

The House With a Clock in it’s Walls by

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

**Loved Authors and Series

Goosebumps series

The Hardy Boys series

Nancy Drew series

Harry Potter series

Wings of Fire series

Whatever After series

Who Was/ What Was series

Andrew Clements

Roald Dahl

Matt Christopher

Beverly Cleary

5th Grade Summer Reading 2018


Required Reading for Upcoming 5th Graders: Wonder  R.G. Palacio

Students should be keeping notes about important concepts in the book as they are reading. Please have in writing the following questions and answers:

  1. What is the setting of the book (location and time it takes place)
  2. Who are the main characters in the book?
  3. What is the major conflict (the big problem) in the book?
  4. How does the book end?

Titles for Suggested Reading: Please read one additional book over the summer from the list below( feel free to read as many as you’d like!!!!) Please follow the same format as above with the four major questions answered about the second book read.

  1. In the Year of the Boar and Jack Robinson: Betty Bao Lord
  2. Hatchet (Brian’s Saga #1): Gary Paulsen
  3. Heat: Mike Lupica
  4. The Underdogs: Mike Lupica
  5. Bridge to Terebithia: Katherine Patterson
  6. Shiloh: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  7. Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Indian in the Cupboard: Lynne Reid Banks
  9. Island of the Blue Dolphins: Scott O’Dell
  10. Stone Fox: John Reynolds Gardiner
  11. Matilda: Roald Dahl
  12. Trumpet of the Swan: E.B White
  13. Phantom Tolbooth: Norton Juster
  14. Ralph S. Mouse: Beverly Cleary
  15. Harriet the Spy: Louise Fitzhugh
  16. Walk Two Moons: Sharon Creech
  17. The View from Saturday: E.L. Konigsburg

Additional Review for Language Arts and Math Skills: We suggest that over the summer you keep up your Math and Language Arts skills by practicing with these websites and online reference tools. See how many certificates you can get!!!!!!!

IXL Language Arts Grade 4 skills

IXL Math Grade 4 Skill

Math Magician Multiplication Mr. Nolde’s Science Lab

Math Magician Division

Middle School Summer Reading 2018

Middle School Summer Reading 2018

1. An assessment will be given on the following required books in September, so you should take notes (on main characters, setting, conflicts, and major plot developments) while you’re reading. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy these great books!

Required reading for incoming 6th graders: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Required reading for incoming 7th graders: Holes by Louis Sachar

Required reading for incoming 8th graders: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

2. In addition to the required book, please read at least one book from the suggested titles below (one that you have not read before). You will be given an assessment at the beginning of the school year based on the book of your choice from the list below. You should take notes while you’re reading (on main characters, setting, conflicts, and major plot developments). Feel free to read as many books as possible!

Suggested reading for middle school:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Grayson by Lynne Cox
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Heat by Mike Lupica
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies


Spring Fundraiser Recap and Slideshow

Good morning, St. Patrick School Families!

After a few days of rest and recovery following our Swing into Spring on Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, I’m happy to report to our entire community that we had a very successful evening having fun while raising money for the school! We are still reconciling final numbers with our business manager, but it’s safe to say that we exceeded our goals and did it while having a fantastic time! I’ll send another update next week once the final tallies are complete and expenses paid.

We can’t thank everyone enough for the support on Friday evening. The volunteers who worked tirelessly to secure sponsors and donors, who set up the event and made sure everything looked beautiful and festive, and who did an impeccable job running our checkout process all deserve a hearty round of applause. Many special thanks to our small but mighty committee: Katie Conroy, Linda Donovan, Maria DiGoia, Rose Knox, Mary Murphy Phillips, Speiro Kalogerakis, Kathy Farelli, Angela Welsh, Angela Karogiannis, Gerard Marino, Miriam Vanoni, Cristina Silvestro, Trish Pratt, and all of our families as we took time away to work on this event.

The event wouldn’t have been as successful if it weren’t for our auctioneer, 4th grade dad, Mat Gagne. His enthusiasm, humor, and love for the school shone through as he encouraged us to raise our paddles for St. Patrick School.

It’s not too late to “Raise the Paddle”! Those who attended our event on Friday night heard about the school’s efforts to raise money for two playgrounds AND a 3-D printer to enhance the educational opportunities of our older students. Everyone was given the opportunity to “Raise the Paddle” for these efforts. I’m thrilled to announce that $16,000 was raised to be split between these initiatives. We want to extend the opportunity to the entire school to contribute to this exciting effort between now and the end of the school year. In addition!! I’m pleased to report that we will have a commemorative plaque made to recognize all of the families and individuals who contribute to this effort. So far, that plaque will include the 58 families who contributed on Friday night. We look forward to expanding the list!

If you’d like to pitch in, you may send in a check to St. Patrick School with the memo “Raise the Paddle” in any amount you’d like (on Friday evening we gave the options of $1000, $500, $250, $100, and $50). Alternatively, you may donate online using the school’s website ( and clicking on the yellow “Donate” button at the bottom. Just be sure to “Add special instructions to the seller” to indicate this is to be directed to the Raise the Paddle effort.

Attached right below you will find a link to a slideshow that we showed on Friday night that features each St. Patrick class telling us what they love about their school. I hope you enjoy it!

Fundraiser Slideshow

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend one more heartfelt “Thank You!” to our event sponsors who made this event possible!

Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry

The Damico Family

Walsh Landscaping

Earthworks Landscaping

The Rowan Family

The Dalton Family

Reading Orthodontics

BAE Systems, International

The Savings Bank

Zoo New England

Dr. Mickey’s Pediatric & Orthodontic Specialists

Wakefield Custom Dental

McDonald ~ Finnegan Funeral Home

Weiss Farm

The Intoppa Family

The Vanderploeg Family


Colarusso’s Bakery

The Dimambro Family

BC High School

Arlington Catholic High School

Bishop Fenwick High School

Ronnie Smith, Alwayz Entertainment

The North Ave Band

Our 22 families who purchased faculty sponsorships so that all of our faculty and staff members who wanted could attend for free!

Thank you!

Meg Rowan

Principal Letter March 10th, 2017

St. Patrick School Community,

As we close another trimester this year, report cards go home and we embark on the last trimester of the year it is important to note that behind the scenes a lot of preparation is already happening for next school year.  Trips are being planned and booked, professional development workshops are providing our teachers with the skills they need to implement new programs for next year, job descriptions are being carefully crafted for new positions, meetings are taking place with resources in our community that can help us provide our students with the best opportunities for success and so on and so on.  I have already mentioned meetings taking place to start a high school placement test prep course and now I want to inform you of a meeting I had this last Monday with the Math Department Chair at Arlington Catholic High School.

I had the great opportunity to be invited to visit AC and meet with Mr. Hyland to discuss a plethora of things in terms of math at the middle school level and transitioning into the high school level.  We discussed different tracks according to student placement on the exams that 8th graders will take soon and how that will affect their coursework in high school and their opportunities at colleges and universities after high school.  We also discussed methodologies of instruction, homework, assessments, and key concepts for the successful transition to high school.

Mr. Hyland was gracious enough to share with me the curriculum maps for their various freshman math courses so that in our planning process for next year we can make sure that we are aligning our curriculum to best prepare students for those high school courses.  This will make a huge impact knowing exactly the units and skills that students will cover their freshman year.

I shared with Mr. Hyland a course plan for our 7th and 8th graders next school year and he was very impressed.  He stated that this will be a great opportunity for our students and he is pleased to see this happening.  I look forward to continually communicating the advancements we are making as a school and sharing the excitement that so many of us share in the future of St. Patrick School.

Thank you,

Anthony Fontana

7th & 8th Grade Math Program

The middle school math courses are designed to both strengthen fundamental math concepts and transition students into higher level math courses at the pace that is appropriate to their developmental readiness.   Seventh grade students will take either Pre-algebra or Honors Pre-Algebra. Each provides a strong foundation in computational skills as well as the building blocks for the abstract thinking needed in future math courses. Students strengthen their skills in operations with decimals, fractions, percentages, and integers. They work with and apply concepts in algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. There is a focus throughout on problem-solving and reasoning skills, and students gain a greater appreciation of math by applying mathematical concepts to real-world situations.

Students in the Pre-Algebra course in seventh grade spend more time with each concept and continue with Honors Pre-Algebra in eighth grade (standard 8th grade track). These students will be prepared to take Algebra I in ninth grade. The students in the Honors Pre-Algebra course in seventh grade work through the curriculum more rapidly and are prepared to take Algebra I in the 8th grade and Honors Algebra I or Honors Geometry in 9th grade (accelerated track).

Eighth grade students take either Algebra I or Honors Pre-algebra depending on the math skills and developmental readiness of the student.   MAP testing results, end of unit assessments in sixth grade, parent and teacher recommendation will be used as deciding factors for placement into appropriate course.  Students in the latter course continue to broaden their arithmetic skills and move deeper into geometry, algebra, probability, and statistics while building a strong foundation for high school math courses. The Algebra I course is the same course as the local high schools course.  The students move through the content at a faster pace and are challenged by factoring and other rigorous concepts.


Principal Letter April 28th, 2017

Remember all the initiatives we talked about?  Well hold on, because that is just the beginning of the progress we are making!

New Positions at St. Patrick School for next year:
IT Director/Teacher
Director of Academic Support Services
Middle School Math Teacher
What will Academic Support Services at St. Patrick School entail next year?  Click the link to find out more information!
The Academic Support Service program is one of the many great new programs and initiatives starting at St. Patrick School next year.  The program will benefit all students on a couple of different levels.  It will provide direct instruction to students in need of remedial help as well as students working well above the grade level.  Teachers will also be able to move faster through some of the content now knowing that the students in need of extra help will be supported by the Academic Support program.  This is an exciting time for all learners at St. Patrick School.
St. Patrick School is partnering with the Stone Zoo to develop a hands on, inquiry based STEM opportunity for our students in Kindergarten and 6th grade next year.  Both grades will travel to the Stone Zoo 5-6 times during the school year to work behind the scenes with the zookeepers and educational staff at the zoo.  More information for the program specifics will be upcoming!
We will be also partnering with the Stoneham Public Library to provide our K-3 students with the great opportunity to explore and learn about great benefits of a library.  The K-3 will visit the library a couple times a month during the months where walking to the library is not too cold and icy.  Students will be given the opportunity to not only check out books but will also learn how to search for books, how the books are cataloged and sorted and much more.  More details will come as the schedule is developed for next school year!
We’ve had a great response to the opening of our PreK 3 program!  Because of this great response there will be a dedicated PreK 4 classroom and a dedicated PreK 3 classroom.  Both classrooms are nearing our cap limit so if you or anyone you know is interested I encourage you to act quickly!
The first day of school next year is Wednesday, August 30th for all students, PreK 3 – 8th grade.  We will once again have an ice cream social before school starts!
The playground is a go!  
We are in the process of finalizing plans and meeting with private donors to help fund TWO proposed play areas for the playground.  One in the front of the K-3 building for the PreK 3,4 and Kindergarten and one in the parking lot where the 3 handicap parking spaces are next to the K-3 building for the 1-8 grade!  This is going to be a busy summer.  We will be raising the paddle at the Spring Auction on May 5th for your opportunity to donate to this exciting enhancement!
The Chromebook Charging Carts Have Arrived!
We recently received three carts that will house the Chromebooks for the 1:1 student to Chromebook initiative next year.  Each student in the middle school will be assigned a specific Chromebook and the 4th and 5th grade team will have 20 Chromebooks to share for writing, research, and tech learning opportunities!  The Chromebooks will arrive in 1-2 weeks and we are hoping to allow the 6th and 7th grade students to pilot them for the last month of school!
The curriculum mapping has been completed for the Algebra 1 course for our accelerated 8th grade math track!  New texts are set to be purchased and the program will be ready to implement on DAY 1 next school year!
On top of, and partly because of all these new initiatives we have already broken the cycle of losing an average of 30 students a year for the last 4 years!  Tours and new registrations are still coming in daily and the news is spreading fast about the revival and level of energy here at St. Pat’s.  Combine that with the news that Father Mario will be around for a couple more years and the future is bright here at St. Patrick School!

1st Grade Full STEAM Ahead!

April 2017

First graders have been engaged in various STEAM learning activities. STEAM is an innovative, exciting method of instruction that encourages all learners to participate in combined disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The teacher is the facilitator, but the students are the ones who are actively discovering and learning through experimentation and inquiry. They participate in collaborative hands on learning which is not only educational, but encourages risk taking and inspires the interest of every child.

Mrs. Stott has come into the classroom on several occasions and taught the students about various science content areas including sound. They participated in various scientific experiments where they created and made instruments that made vibrations. The kazoo was the BIG hit!