The Riebli Record

John B. Riebli Elementary Newsletter--January 25, 2019

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Get Ready The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies Are Coming Soon!

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our school is about to take part in a special, communitywide shared reading event. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies – and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. I am personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With this program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff will all be following along together.

Your child will receive a copy of The Lemonade War at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book on Thursday, January 31st. Along with the book, you will receive a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Generally, you will be asked to read about 15 minutes each night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The Lemonade War!

This is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. 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 will still captivate and stimulate older children.

I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime in the days to come about Jessie and Evan and their lemonade competition – and maybe even a little about math and economics! "When a whole school reads a book, there's a lot to talk about." With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.

– Mrs. Todd

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Reading schedule for The Lemonade Wars!

Thursday, 1/31 Day One: [pp. 1 – 10] Chapter 1 – Slump

Friday, 2/1 Day Two: [pp. 11 – 26] Chapter 2 – Breakup

Monday, 2/4 Day Three: [pp. 27 – 40] Chapter 3 – Joint Venture

Tuesday, 2/5 Day Four: [pp. 41 – 58] Chapter 4 – Partnership

Wednesday, 2/6 Day Five: [pp. 59 – 66] Chapter 5 – Competition

Thursday, 2/7 Day Six: [pp. 67 – 76] Chapter 6 – Underselling

Friday 2/8 Day Seven: [pp. 77 – 86] Chapter 6 – Underselling (continued)

Tuesday, 2/12 Day Eight: [pp. 87 – 100] Chapter 7 –Location, Location, Location

Wednesday, 2/13 Day Nine: [pp. 101 – 110]Chapter 8 – Going Global

Thursday, 2/14 Day Ten: [pp. 111 – 121]Chapter 8 –Going Global (continued)

Friday, 2/15 Day Eleven: [pp. 122 – 127]Chapter 9 – Negotiation

Tuesday, 2/19 Day Twelve: [pp. 128 – 142]Chapter 10 – Malicious Mischief

Wednesday, 2/20 Day Thirteen: [pp. 143 – 151]Chapter 11 – A Total Loss

Thursday, 2/21 Day Fourteen: [pp. 152 – 159]Chapter 12 – Waiting Period Chapter 13 – Crisis Management

Friday, 2/22 Day Fifteen: [pp. 160 – 173] Chapter 14 – Reconciliation

* Visit our Riebli Facebook page to find links for each chapter read aloud by members of our Riebli community.

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