FVRC Fall Newsletter

October 26, 2015

FVRC 2015-16 Board of Directors

President-Bobette Dodson

President-Elect-Denise Mitchell

Co -Presidents-Jean Kindelin (Books for Babies), Karin Lewis (Pencil Project)

Membership-Karen Ringas

Secretary-Katina Kastrantas

Treasurer-Teresa Thompson

Illinois READS-Ryan Schaeffer

Publicity-Dawn Lutz

Past President-Beth Herrig

* Be sure to scroll all the way down to see previews of our upcoming events!

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2015 Illinois Reading Council Council of Excellence Award

About us

The Fox Valley Reading Council, servicing Kane County, is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to improving literacy for learners of all ages.


The mission of the FVRC is to promote lifelong learning, literacy development and the love of reading through professional development, collegial collaboration and community outreach.

Website: http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/localcouncils/foxvalley.html

Blog Page: foxvalleyreadingcouncil.blogspot.com

Publicity- Dawn Lutz

The Fox Valley Reading Council is starting to branch out into social media. We have a Facebook page (Look for Fox Valley Reading Council Community,) a new email address (illinoisfvrc@gmail.com,) and we're even spreading our wings and beginning to Tweet (@FoxValleyReads)! If you haven't taken a look to see what we do, please do! The council is local and brings in fantastic speakers. Camille Blachowicz was our last speaker at National Lewis and was a wealth of information about vocabulary. FVRC also awarded a $250 classroom books certificate from Anderson Bookshop! You won't want to miss "Write Guy" Jeff Anderson in February speaking on writing strategies! What will FVRC give away next? And don't forget that you can receive CPDU's!

We also support causes locally as we collect and donate Books for Babies at Delnor/Cadence Hospital in Geneva. Dawn Lutz is collecting board books at Williamsburg Elementary in Geneva (1812 Williamsburg Ave) to support new babies and their families as they spend time at the hospital. Drop them off any time! You may also contact Jean Kindelin at kindelinj@gmail.com for more information.

Finally, be sure to join us at Illinois Reads Family Literacy Night at the Elgin Public Library from 6:00-7:00 on Nov. 19. Look at our Facebook page or join us on Twitter to keep up with our latest activities!

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Karin Lewis congratulates Dr. Deb Brotcke, winner of our $250.00 gift certificate from Anderson’s Bookshop!

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Heinemann at our Fall Event with a variety of professional books.

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Participants enjoying a continental breakfast while listening to Dr. Blachowicz!

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Books for Babies bins- One of FVRC's Community Projects

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Dr. Blachowicz in action! She was outstanding and relevant.

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Beth Herrig manning the registration table at National-Louis University, Lisle.

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FVRC display board

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Bert Crossland and his colleague. We love having them come to our events.

FVRC 2015 Family Reading Night at Gail Bordon Public Library

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6-7pm

270 North Grove Avenue

Elgin, IL

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Winter Event 2016 with Jeff Anderson-The Write guy

Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2016 at 5pm

Pending Approval- Kane County Regional Office of Education, North 1st Street, Geneva, IL 60134

Jeff Anderson provides effective writing strategies for students and teachers, and has done so for more than 25 years. He presents at national conferences such as ASCD, NCTE, as well as in classrooms. He authors books for teachers and middle school writers, as his love for grammar and writing is an inspiration for us all! He lives in San Antonio, Texas and spends his time talking, walking, and delivering professional development throughout the United States. Admission is $35 for non-members, $25 for members, and $15 for students.

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Spring Event 2016: Featuring Pam Allyn presenting, "A New Story for a New Era of Readers: 10 Best Practices for Readers & Writers."

Thursday, April 14th 2016 at 4:45-8pm

1860 Glen Ellyn Road

Glendale Heights, IL

FVRC will PARC and co-host our Spring Event on Thursday April 14, 2016. Featured is Pam Allyn presenting "A New Story for a New Era of Readers: 10 Best Practices for Readers & Writers." Registration and dinner begin at 4:45 pm, and the presentation commences at 5:30 pm. Admission is $35 for non-members, $25 for members, and $15 for students.

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Design your own PD!

Have you ever wanted to delve deeper into a subject or topic? For me, that topic is teaching students how to become better writers. In my many years of learning and teaching, I believe this is my area of weakness. So I’m taking matters into my own hands. I have seen these authors over the years at the Illinois Reading Council and have created my own “text set” as you will. So here I go! Does anyone want to join me?

Beth Herrig, Past President


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