Classroom teachers have been given packets so that their students can participate in the 2013-14 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program.
What is BOOK IT?
This free program began in 1985 when the company’s president had a son who was struggling with reading. His son was rewarded with a pizza celebration for his efforts to work hard to improve his reading.
Who can participate?
ALL students at RES may participate in BOOK IT!
What is National BOOK IT! Day?
National BOOK IT! Day is the first day that students may begin participating in the BOOK IT! program. To kick off the event, be sure to visit the BOOK IT! website.
Click here to see an exclusive video of Jeff Kinney (author/illustrator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) reading his book Splat!, which was created just for BOOK IT! participants!
Friday, March 1st marks the NEA’s 16th annual Read Across America Day!
Students who visited the library today learned about the upcoming Dr. Seuss themed Reading Month events that will take place at RES in March.
Some classes had the opportunity to watch a live podcast from the New York Public Library which included celebrity readings from actress Uma Thurman and “Wizards of Waverly Place” actor Jake T. Austin. They were also thrilled to use the Promethean Board and an iPad to play the “Truffula Shuffula” game!
Stay tuned for more Reading Month updates!
Friday, March 1st marks the beginning of Dr. Seuss Month with NEA’s Read Across America Day at RES.
An information flyer similar to the one listed below will be sent home with students on March 1st. Be sure to mark your calendars for some exciting events happening throughout the entire month!
Dr. Seuss Month Information Flyer
February is Black History Month!
Did you know that the American Library Association has a special award given ”to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values”? It’s called the Coretta Scott King Award – and we have many of these titles available to borrow from our library-media center!
Learn more about the Coretta Scott King Author & Illustrator Award.
Click on the following links to learn about some other fantastic titles worth reading.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s African American Books for Preschoolers
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s African American Books for Upper Elementary Students
Kindergarten and first grade classes are celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th birthday this week!
All for Books™ provides an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the Book Fair. Funds can be used to:
- Give more students a chance to participate in the Book Fair.
- Add books to the school library.
- Help teachers build and refresh their classroom libraries.
- Donate to another school or community organization in need of books.
Scholastic matches the monetary donations schools generate, with a donation of up to one million books to two national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. and the Kids In Need Foundation.
By working together, we can help connect kids with more books than ever before.
Donate your spare change to our GIRLS vs BOYS contest! The money that we raise through the All for Books donations will go toward sending soccer balls, recorders and art materials so that children who attend our partner school in Haiti can have PE, Music & Art – just like us!
During the first day of the book fair, the results are:
- BOYS – $5.83
- GIRLS – $11.06
Last Friday, our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Edmonds, invited a special guest speaker to come to the LMC and speak with the 5th grade students about the Day of the Dead. The students have been learning about this special holiday in art classes. Mr. Alford, parent of a 5th grade student, shared his passion for collecting objects connected to this holiday.
Book Character Day is nearly here! To prepare for this special occasion, students have been learning about characters during library lessons for the past few weeks.
The kindergarten and first grade classes learned about the difference between a character and the main character in a story. To illustrate how the main character is who the story is mostly about, we previewed the book Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written by Kevin Henkes.
We kept tally marks for how often each character in the story appeared in the illustrations. By the end of the story, it was obvious to the students that Lilly was definitely the main character!
After learning this information, we then read the story and talked about how to easily create a Lilly costume (or any other favorite book character costume) for our upcoming Book Character Day. Then, students were given a copy of Lilly’s signature red boot and were asked to draw a picture to share something important about their character.
On October 31st, RES will be celebrating Book Character Day.
Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character for the day.
- The student must read the book and bring a copy of the book to school on October 31st.
- The student must be prepared to share why this character is his/her favorite.
- The student must wear an appropriate costume for school OR bring a prop. (No masks, gore, weapons, or super-scary items allowed.)
- Classroom teachers will be giving students additional details.
It’s not too early to begin selecting and reading a book for Book Character Day! Forms with information for parents should be sent home this week.