Letter from Lara Zelski – April 17, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

In an effort to support summer reading, students in each grade are required to complete a book over the summer. It is our hope that participating in this activity will provide our students with a shared summer experience. This will contribute to them having a common language and experience beginning the first day of school. Additionally, it allows teachers to plan community building opportunities for the beginning of the school year. Classes will engage in discussions, activities, and lessons surrounding these texts when they return to school. Please know that the books were chosen to create opportunities for dialogue, not to necessarily be a challenging read for each student. It is fine for the student to listen to a recording of the book or have the book read aloud to him/her. The selected books are as follows:

  • Students entering kindergarten: The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
  • Students entering first grade: The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires
  • Students entering second grade: The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig
  • Students entering 3rd grade: What do you do with a Problem?, by Kobi Yamada
  • Students entering 4th grade: The Jacket, by Andrew Clements
  • Students entering 5th grade: Holes by Louis Sachar, and/or Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, and/or Ghost by Jason Reynolds

We are excited to be able to offer these titles at our book fair going on next week, April 23 -25. We once again teamed up with local bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, to host a 3-day book fair. The book fair will be open during the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM
    • From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Tuesday please come join us for an evening of family reading. There will be a family reading room, scheduled read alouds by ANCS teachers, and digital reading opportunities. It will be loads of fun!
  • Wednesday, April 24 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (closed during dismissal)
  • Thursday, April 25 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (closed during dismissal)

In addition to the book fair and family reading night festivities, we will be having a book drive the week of book fair. Please bring in any used children books that you would like to donate and we will create packages for students who need support with getting books at home to take home over the summer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Veleta Greer or Jessica Shelley. They are happy to help in any way they can.

Have a wonderful remainder of your week.

Lara