Welcome to Math Superstars

Dear Parents,

Math Superstars is a voluntary math enrichment program designed to enhance 
your child's math experience. The program is sponsored by the Patsy Sommer 
PTA. 

The program lasts for 20 weeks (September 26 - December 12; January 16 - 
March 27) for Grades 1-5 and 10 weeks for Kindergarten(January 16 - March 
27). Beginning on Friday, September 26, for grades 1-5, a new worksheet will 
be posted every week by grade level (please refer to the "Calendar" on the 
left for the exact dates). If your child chooses to participate, please print 
the worksheet at home and return for grading by the following F R I D A Y - 
they can submit it earlier if they choose. Your child may only complete 
sheets for their grade level, and sheets turned in for another grade(even if 
it is a higher grade) will not receive credit.
  
N O T E: Beginning OCTOBER 24 with the 5th Worksheet, we will only have 
that week's worksheet available for 14 days before it becomes unavailable. If 
your child gets a late start and turns in Worksheet 7 as her first worksheet, 
she can only receive the first reward once she reaches 50 points. Some of our 
rewards are time sensitive this year. The only exception to this rule is if 
your child enrolled late to the school. If you wish to participate, please 
contact me (sommerptamss@gmail.com) with the date your child was enrolled.  
 
A Math Superstars envelope will be placed near your teacher's door. Please 
put them in there by  F R I D A Y  (anytime before Friday is OK too) to be 
graded. Worksheets will be graded by PTA volunteers, and then returned to the 
student the following week. As your child accumulates points, they will 
receive rewards. Their name will be posted on a special bulletin board in the 
main hallway of Sommer Elementary when they have 50 points (10 points for 
Kindergarten). Students who complete all of the worksheets will receive 
special recognition and be eligible to enter a drawing for some fun rewards 
at the end of the program as well.

Each problem is ranked according to its level of difficulty. The number of 
stars you see beside a problem indicates the level of difficulty. Volunteers 
will check the worksheets and they will be returned. 

Parents’ role in Math Superstars is to encourage and facilitate your child’s 
problem solving skills. Feel free to suggest a strategy for solving the 
problem, offer counters or manipulatives, or listen as your child shares her 
or his thinking, but please DO NOT GIVE THE ANSWERS. Telling your child the 
answer is "22" for example, the child will not benefit from this. However, if 
you have a conversation about a particular math concept, that is acceptable.  

It is normal for a child NOT to be able to complete every problem on a
worksheet. Your child is not expected to know the answers to every problem.

Thank you for allowing your child the opportunity to participate in this
exciting new math adventure!

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Ivania 
Lee at sommerptaMSS@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Ms. Lee
Math Superstars Chairperson 2014-15