EC Principal Letter

Dear ANCS Elementary Families,

We have been having a beautiful week of celebrating reading here at the elementary campus. It started with the book fair opening on Monday. It is always so fun watching our students excited about getting new books and then immediately digging into them with smiles on their faces. Then we had our Family Reading Night on Wednesday. It was nice to see so many families come to school to enjoy reading together and making reading-related crafts. Finally, today we will end the  week with the book character parade this afternoon. We can’t wait to see all of you cheering on our students as they parade around the school. 

I want to thank Jessica Shelley, our teacher librarian, for all her work and effort organizing the book fair and many thanks to Jessica and Veleta Greer, our K-2 instructional coach for making Family Reading Night a success. Many thanks also goes out to all the teachers and parents/guardians who volunteered to make these events happen. Finally, thank you to all of you who supported the book fair, and/or came to Family Reading Night, and/or are planning to cheer on our students for the parade. We really appreciate all of you! 

Speaking of reading, we have a tradition here to assign a summer reading book to each grade level and set the expectation that students will have read that book by the beginning of the next school year. We are departing slightly from that tradition this year. Instead of assigning just one book, we are challenging students to read as many books as they can over the summer. All students will receive an age-appropriate reading log to track their reading and have an opportunity to share that at the beginning of the 24-25 school year. Additionally, each grade level will provide a list of suggested books to families to help guide choices. 

Research supports students listening to books as a means of developing vocabulary and comprehension skills. Listening to an audio book or someone reading aloud counts for a reading log entry! We want our students to be voracious readers and consumers of print, as well as develop their listening skills. When you read aloud to your child, stop and ask questions and have discussions later about the book, make connections to your own life and experiences and go find out more about something that was new to you. All of these things help to build knowledge and confidence with text. People of all ages enjoy being read to, so don’t think that once your child reaches a certain age you can’t read aloud to him/her/them anymore. Reading is a wonderful way to connect and have a shared experience. 

Finally, every student in Atlanta Public Schools has access to the Fulton County Public Library system. We will make sure all of our students are set up and ready to go with access before they leave school for the summer. Please take advantage of your public library and keep reading at the forefront of your summer. 

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. 


Have a beautiful weekend!