Monday, February 27, 2017

All You Need is a Book!

Principal ponderings...
March seems like a great month to focus on fostering a love of reading in our students.  March 2 is Dr. Seuss's birthday and National Read Across America Day!  I say let's start the month off celebrating reading and continue it throughout the rest of the month!

Check out this link for some little known facts about everyone's favorite, Dr. Seuss: 

Since we are kicking off a month of literacy love, let's do some Dr. Seuss inspired dress up days this week:
Wednesday will be crazy sock day in honor of Fox in Socks.
Thursday will be wear a hat day in honor of The Cat in the Hat.
Friday will be wear green day in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

During the 2nd week of March, I am excited that we are planning a Family Literacy Night sponsored by the PTA! Thursday, March 9 we will be inviting families to come to school from 6:00-7:30 pm.  There will be lots of fun literacy stations set up in the gym and cafeteria.  And we are planning to have some cozy reading areas set up as well where families can read together.  The PTA is planning to give away a Kindle as part of a door prize, and I am of course going to be giving away...books!  If you are interested in attending and helping out at a station, let me know.

During the third week of March, we will have our annual Community Reader Day.  Can't wait to have different community members come into classrooms and spread the reading love!  Towards the end of the month, I would love for the whole school to participate in a Dictionary Day!  Students and staff will choose a vocabulary word to dress up as for the day.  Look for more info about this fun day later!

How else can we spread the literacy love this month?  Have some ideas or want to share some awesome activities you have done in your classroom?  Let me know.  I am also planning on doing some surprises in the staff room...always looking for book recommendations...this is definitely the month to share recommendations with your colleagues!

Happy reading!

Currently reading:
I was excited to check out some audio books from the library in my town.  One of the books that I have started listening to goes along with my #oneword2017, create.  The book is called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  She is the author of another book that I enjoyed, Eat. Pray. Love.  One of the reviews said this book was "a must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life."  And that would be me, so seems like a good choice to read!

Events this week:
Monday - Welcome back!
Tuesday - 2nd grade and 3rd grade math sessions @ Prescott
Wednesday - Workout Wednesday!  Alisa will be Principal for the Day! Kindergarten am math session @ Prescott, Wear crazy socks today, 1st grade chorus practice @ 2:25, Staff Meeting
Thursday - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 4th grade and 1st grade math sessions @ Prescott, Wear a hat today, Liz at Superintendent interviews - 8:00-11:00, Kindergarten Orientation 6:30-7:30
Friday - Liz at MESPA Board Meeting in Marlborough, wear green today, Liz at Superintendent interviews 5:30-8:00

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Even after a snow day, the 2nd grade concert was awesome!  Thanks for Mr. Wiesner for putting on a great school show and an entertaining evening concert. 
  • I had so much fun watching different stations in Ms. Kinneen's gym class...everything from yoga on the mats to rope climbing to giant block tower building to bug smashing ball throws! 
  • I managed to pop in and see Mrs. Clark's class decorating some beautiful Valentine's bags.  And I did not get a picture, but I had fun going back into her class for World Read Aloud Day...the students seemed to enjoy listening to Gaston
  • Loved walking down the hall behind these two kindergarten friends on their way to deliver a message to the office! 
  • I was hanging out in Ms. Hoke's room and listened to some interesting how to books being written. 

Check it out:
Check out this great post about rethinking morning work:
Can't remember if I already shared this with you, love that Obama said books helped him survive the White House years:
And here's a great image to launch a month of literacy!

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