Welcome to Math Superstars

Dear Parents,
A fun program designed to enhance your child's math experience called
Math Superstars is back at Sommer Elementary for the 5th year.
The program offers small prizes/incentives for working on these extra math
problems at home.

Beginning on Monday, October 7, for grades 1-5, a worksheet will be posted on
the Sommer website by grade level. (The kindergarten program will begin in
January).  If your child chooses to participate, please print the worksheet at
home and return for grading by the following Monday.  Please be sure that the
student's FIRST and LAST NAME and TEACHER'S NAME are on each worksheet for
your student to receive credit. 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.

The worksheets will be graded by volunteers from the PTA, and then returned
back to the student the following week. As your child accumulates points,
they will receive prizes. 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 sheets will
receive special recognition at the end of the program as well.

Your role is to encourage your child and facilitate problem solving. Allow
time during the week for your child to think about each problem. You may
need to read the problem to your child, explaining any new words
encountered. Feel free to suggest a strategy for solving the problem,
offer counters or manipulatives or listen as your child shares his or her
thinking, but please DO NOT GIVE THE ANSWERS. In order for this program to
be effective, the thinking must be done by the students.  Many of the problems
are worth more than 1 point.  Please encourage your child to show his work as
partial credit can be given.

It is normal for a child NOT to be able to complete every problem on a
worksheet. The process of reading, understanding and approaching the
problems is a valuable step in solving many types of problems. Remind your
child that she or he 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 questions, please feel free to contact