Prairie Area Reading Council

Spring 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of the President

Dear Members,

Welcome to spring! I hope you’re taking a few moments to do a little spring cleaning as I am--what are some strategies/activities you’ve implemented after hearing about them at the Fall Conference? What are you using that you learned at a program or event? How have you implemented a practice you heard about over a webinar? What’s an idea you can bring to life with the help of a PARC colleague? Let’s take advantage of the cycle of renewal Mother Nature’s giving us and use it to breathe some new life into our practice!

Spring cleaning your bookshelves? Stop by one of PARC’s Little Free Libraries and make a donation! (Meadowview Elementary/2525 Mitchell Dr./Woodridge)

Preparing that spring break/summer reading list? The Illinois Reads Book List is the only resource you need!

We are so excited to welcome Sarah Weeks to Meadowview Elementary School in Woodridge next month (tentatively 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Have you registered yet? A PD hour will be awarded, so make sure you have your IEIN and register here! by April 9! Register yourself and then spread the word! Students and families are invited, too-at no cost. Click on the flier below to register students and families from your community. PARC is pleased to offer this great opportunity!

There are still several Wired Wednesday Webinars left in the school year. Take advantage of them! It’s the best PD in pajamas around! Check them out!

PARC elections will be held soon. Please be sure to look for the ballot the week of April 1. We have many opportunities for you to become involved! From serving on the exec. board to serving on a committee, we always welcome new faces and helping hands. (Make no mistake, though, we appreciate the legacy of service many have--and continue--to give. :) )

Hoping to see you in April if I don’t see you in a bookstore or library before then. Thanks for all you do to support and leadership to all who promote and teach lifelong literacy!

My best,

Jen :)

2018-2019 Board Members

President: Jennifer Burisek

President Elect: Sheila Ruh

Vice President: Laura Bass

Recording Secretary: Laura Kelly

Treasurer: Melissa Love

Membership: Sherry Sejnost

Corresponding Secretary: Nicole deVerdier

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Illinois Reads Book Review- Jennifer Burisek

Illinois Reads Books: More Than a Story

Whether you’re looking for your next great read or a student has asked you for a recommendation, Illinois Reads Books are the best place to go! The books on the list (Birth-Adult) have been selected for the author’s or illustrator’s ties to Illinois. Because of that tie, readers may be able to experience an author visit, a Twitter chat, or a visit to where the book takes place.

Looking for a great book for those 3rd-5th graders in your life? Check out what these students had to say about Allan Woodrow’s Field Tripped!

Thinking about summer reading recommendations for the 6th-8th graders in your life? Try The First Rule of Punk. Author Celia Perez masterfully combines storytelling, art, and the search for identity in this difficult-to-put-down novel. A great read for anyone, but our students and friends who identify with two cultures and don’t quite feel as if they always ‘fit’ are sure to appreciate Malu’s journey. If you’re giving it as a gift, a set of Worry Dolls from our International Projects/Handicrafts from Guatemala would be a lovely addition.

Pictured below: IRC Public Relations and Publicity Committee Chair and PARC Member Sherry Sejnost scored a 'photo opp' with author Celia Perez at the Illinois Reads Book Festival in Waukegan on March 16.

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IL Reads Field Trip: From Woodridge to Waukegan

Meadowview School students had a great day at IL READS on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Twenty-seven students attended the event! Thank you to Prairie Area Reading Council for the $100 grant to purchase books. Each student received a book that they were able to have signed by the author. Thanks to Meadowview's Media Specialist and PARC's Treasurer, Melissa Love, for making this opportunity available to students!

New Members

Welcome to Prairie Area!

Our Newest and Renewed Members:


Mary Klepper

Kathleen Sweeney

Sheila Tucker

Alice Wegloski


Laura Johnson

Amy Potts-Ostrowski

Michelle Shiles

Tamera Swinford-Potts

Roberta Wallerstedt


Julie Anell

Jennifer Cox

Diane Discipio

Mark Hodges

Kristin Kolodziej

Meghan Kunder

Donna McCash

Laura Pincus

Brian Sprang

Lynda Wagner


Caroline Knoff

Catherine Rose

Websites for Teachers

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Browse hundreds of TED-Ed animations - short, award-winning videos that will spark the curiosity of your learners. You'll also find thousands of other video-based lessons organized by the subjects you teach. Add interactive questions, discussion topics and more to your favorite TED-Ed Animations, TED talks or any video on YouTube. Easily share lessons with your students and track the results.

Prairie Area Reading Council

Prairie Area is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, a love for reading and the improvement of reading instruction.