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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Jan. 12

Filed in Slingerlands by on January 12, 2018

Dear Families,

This is our 5th year doing One School, One Book and I realized that we have so many new families this year that probably don’t know all the details about our One School, One Book program. 

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity.  As in the past years, the PTO has graciously agreed to purchase a book for every family. We are asking that each family read The Adventures of a South Pole Pig.  You have received a schedule (blue bookmark) that identifies the chapters that need to be read each night over a 5-week period.  For example, tonight (1/12) you should read chapter 9.

Through the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included. All of our classroom teachers and special area teachers are planning fun activities to support this event.

Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.”

We have created a site that provides information about the program for you.  Also, staff members have read all the chapters and these are posted on this website.  This will help if you have an evening where you just can’t get to the reading!

Check out the pictures of our kick-off event

The culminating activity will be on the evening of Thursday, February 8th.  Stay tuned for more details!

We have decided to make some changes to our Drop and Shop event.  We are now calling it Give and Go.  You will still drop your child off, but we are adding a service project component to it.  Children will rotate through stations doing a variety of fun activities.  Some of these activities will include making something to give to others. For example, children will be able to make cards to send to troops overseas, make sandwiches for the homeless, etc. We have changed the date from February 2nd to March 23rd. More details to come!

Have a fabulous weekend!!


Heidi Bonacquist