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I Love to Read Month!

Special Events Scheduled to Celebrate

February “I LOVE TO READ” Month!

 

                        Community Day Reading  For our Community Day this month, the older students will be paired with younger students.  Each student will share a favorite book.

                        Guest Readers in the Classrooms  Parents are encouraged to choose a book & read it to their child’s class (grades K-8.)   Other guests are welcome, too!  (Kids love to listen to a story read by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other treasured adult.)  Max (Mrs. Smith’s dog) may even listen to students read!  Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to be a guest reader.  You would be scheduled to read for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you are not able to come in during the school day, you may also record yourself reading a book and send it to your child’s homeroom teacher.

                        Used Book Collection  Families are encouraged to look through their bookshelves and donate used children’s books that they are finished reading.  Books should be appropriate for school-age kids.  No adult or board books.  Students who donate at least three books will receive an Out of Uniform Pass.  There is a bin in the hallway by the library doors to drop off the books.  Don’t forget to label the donations with the student’s name and classroom, so we know who has earned the pass.  Donations will be accepted through February 28th.

                        Bookworm  Each time students finish reading a book, they will write their name, the book’s title, and its author on a paper circle and add the circle to our school bookworm.  Last year, the school read 565 books during the month of February.  Let’s see if we can set a new record this year!

                        Coloring Contest (Grades K-2)  We will have a coloring contest for students in grades K-2.  Each grade will be given an I Love To Read themed coloring sheet, and students will have until the end of the month to turn in their artwork.  Students should color, decorate, and be creative with the coloring sheet provided.  Parents may give suggestions only and allow the children to be as creative as possible.  One winner from each grade will be chosen by a panel of judges on February 28th and will receive a $5 certificate to be used at our Scholastic Book Fair in May.

                        Book Trailer Contest (Grades 3-8)  Using iMovie or another video app, students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to create a book trailer.  Each trailer must include the name of the book, the author, a summary of the book, a rating of the book out of 5 stars, and an explanation for that rating.  Trailers must be 2 minutes or less in length, and students can work individually or in groups of up to 3 students.  We will show an example trailer to the students during library, so they know where to start.  Trailers should be submitted to eshea@allsts.net by February 28th.  Winners will receive $5 gift certificates for the Scholastic Book Fair.

 

Take time this month to read to your kids! They will love it!

 

Any questions, contact eshea@allsaintschurch.com or npattee@allsaintschurch.com.

CLASSROOM VISITS:
Students visit the library once a week. This is their opportunity to learn about library resources and develop their library skills. Of course, they may check out something to read!
 
Kinders may check out one book each week from the library. Students in grades 1-5 are able to check out 2 materials on their library account, while Middle School students may check out 3 materials on their account.
 
Students in grades K-8 visit the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays for book checkout. Books can be checked out for up to two weeks. Please help your child remember to return books on time.

AR (Accelerated Reader) and READING INCENTIVES:
The Accelerated Reader (AR) program is a supplement to the reading curriculum at All Saints School. Students in grades 3-8 can take Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes for monthly incentives. On the wall outside of the library, the Reading Incentive Committee posts the requirements and incentives each month from October through May. In addition to taking AR tests in their classrooms, students in grades 3-8 can take tests during the last 15 minutes of library time, or in the library before or after school. The Falcon's Nest also has a computer for AR testing.

Grades 1-2 can also turn in reading logs to earn the monthly incentives. Be sure the books are at your child's reading level, so he or she can read the books independently.
 
Check out the attachment at the right to learn about goals and prizes for the school year.
 
Want to see if a book has an AR quiz? Check out www.arbookfind.com
 
www.lexile.com is a good resource to find books at a student's Lexile reading level, which is provided after taking the MAP Reading test.  Please remember that a book in a student's Lexile reading level may have content that you would not like them to read, so please take care to select appropriate books from the level.
 
If you would like to receive an e-mail when your student takes an AR test, please contact us at npattee@allsaintschurch.com and we will set you up in the system.
 
MAUD HART LOVELACE:
Students in grades 3-8 may read any 3 books that are nominated for this year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award within their corresponding division (grades 3-5 or grades 6-8), pass AR tests on these books, and vote for their favorite at our voting party in the spring!  This voting party, which will be held in March or April, includes a lunch of pizza and other yummy treats. Check out the 2017-2018 nominees at www.maudhartlovelace.org
 
OTHER BOOK SUGGESTIONS:
• For grades K-2, check out the Star of the North nominees for picture books at www.starofthenorthaward.org
• Other great sites for finding good books include:
 
USED BOOKS:
Do you have gently used books that are sitting around cluttering up your bookshelves?  The library accepts used book donations to add to our collection, any time during the year.  You can bring them in to the library with a note that they are a donation and who they are from.  Thanks for helping build up our collection!
 
LIBRARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
If you have any questions or would like to help out in the library, please contact Ms. Shea at eshea@allsaintschurch.com. Responsibilities include shelving books, organizing library materials, working with children, and having a love of books! Virtus Training, a parish background check, and the Code of Conduct Form are required.