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June 22, 2018
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March is Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) “Links to Reading” month!

Feb. 24, 2017 – Learning to read is a huge milestone for an elementary student! That’s why during the month of March, our elementary teachers are encouraging parents and guardians to partner up with their children and open some books!

PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun, as well as informative. The act of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship.

This year’s theme, “Links to Reading,” represents how students will be linking reading to home, school, and all of the events that have been planned. Each child will have the opportunity to earn paper links throughout the month through a variety of activities. The more paper chain links the children earn, the more books we have read. Our goal as a school is to read 1,000 books or more! (See more below on how to earn links)

The PARP events will take place throughout the month of March, beginning with an opening ceremony on Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m.

  • February 27- PARP Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. The ceremony will feature a surprise performance to kick off the month!
  • March 2- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! To celebrate, students and teachers will dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or dress in red and white to represent the Cat in the Hat. Bring in your favorite Dr. Seuss book to share!
  • March 3- Time to count your class reading links for the first time! The student with the highest number of links receives a prize for their class! Don’t forget- today is Friday, so wear your spirit shirt or your grades color shirt!
  • March 6- Sylvia Fletcher, a ventriloquist and children’s author, comes to perform at 9 a.m. Forms will go home with students for those who are interested in purchasing her newest book, The Adventures of Sylvie & The Magic Trunk: Smoulder the Stega-Dragon. Sylvia will sign any of her books!
  • March 8- Today is Book Swap Day. Please bring a gently used book to swap for another gently used book that you have not read.
  • March 10- Local authors Scott Cerkowski and Vicki Dodd will visit and read their books to grades Pre-K-2 at 9 a.m. Also, time to count your classes reading links again! The student with the highest number of links will receive a prize for their class! Don’t forget to wear your spirit shirt or your grades color shirt!
  • March 11- It may be Saturday, but reading shouldn’t stop! Come shop the Scholastic School Book Fair from
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The more books you read, the more links you will earn! There will also be some surprise events at school today! Come and see what they are!
  • March 13 - March 17- It’s Scholastic Book Fair Week! Students will be able to shop for books during library times. Students can also shop after school on Wednesday, March 15 from 5-8 p.m.
  • March 14- Crazy Hair Day or Crazy Hat Day! Please bring in $1 to support the Backpack Program.
  • March 17- Literacy Night with Barbara Lukas from WMHT- This is a pre-registered event! The first 25 Pre-K-2 families to register will be accepted for this literacy event! Scott Cerkowski, a local author, will also present a separate workshop for grades 3-5. A pizza dinner will be held from 5-5:45 p.m. and a program will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. It’s also time to count your class links today for another prize! Remember to wear your spirit shirts!
  • March 18- Visit the Stillwater Community Library starting today and all throughout next week to earn reading links! You will also earn a special treat! Plus, for every visit you make, your name will go into a drawing for a prize.
  • March 20- No school! Today is a perfect day to earn your reading links at the Stillwater Community Library!
  • March 21- March 27- It’s School Library PARP Reading Week! Parents/guardians/family members will be selected to come read to classes during scheduled library times. Students will also be able to earn a link for their class!
  • March 22- Principal Challenge Forms are due today! Last chance to get your ideas in! (If we reach our school goal of 1,000 books…what should Mr. Morcone do?!) The PTA will look at all of the ideas and they will pick out some exciting challenges for Mr. Morcone to do at our closing ceremony!
  • March 23- McDonald’s Literacy Night- 4:30 -7 p.m! Bring your favorite book to share with family, friends, and your teacher’s as you dine. Read your book at dinner to earn a link for your class! Your name will also be put into a drawing for a prize. Remember the class with the most students to attend the event will earn a special surprise!
  • March 24- Guptill’s Skate Night- 6:30 p.m. Bring a new book to donate to a local charity and your name will be put into a drawing for a prize at the end of the night! Today is also link counting day and spirit shirt day!
  • March 31- Last day for links! The final class prize will be given for most links today. Wear your spirit shirts one last time this month!
  • April 3- PARP “Links to Reading” Closing Ceremony and Principal’s Challenge-9 a.m. Plus a special closing performance from the drama club! How many links will the school have this closing day? Children will guess for prizes. Final prizes will be given! WE DID IT!


How do I earn a link for my class?

Earning a link is simple and fun! All you have to do is the following:

1. Pick any great book to read, but the book cannot be for a school assignment or homework. The book is something you choose to read for fun and is extra reading you do outside of school. (Reminder for older students you are allowed to read shorter story books to younger siblings/children which you can count as one of your reading books/links).

2. Read the entire book and when completed do the following:

3. Write three pieces of information on one of the pre-drawn construction paper lines that have already been provided.

4. Write the title of the book, write your first and last name, write your teacher’s name. This information will help us keep track of all the books you have personally read as well as your class has read.

5. Cut out your strip of paper on the straight line.

6. Your strip of paper is ready to be sent back to school and returned to your teacher.

7. Your strip of paper will be turned into a single link which will be added to your grades paper chain. The chains will be displayed in your quads throughout the month. On the closing day each grades paper chains will be put all together as one big chain so we can all see how many books the school has read as a whole!

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