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Our mission is to create effective users of ideas and information, to promote the appreciation of literature, and to encourage lifelong learning.

What`s Happening in November?

November is probably my favorite month. Some years it’s borderline warm and other years you find yourself bundling up, but it’s always that month that leads you into the end of the year and reminds you of why so many of us love the fall season.

When I think about Novembers I think about the changing leaves, hot chocolate and fires in the fireplace on chillier nights, and breaking out the sweaters that we have forgotten how much we love during the warmer months. And don’t even get me started on Thanksgiving – any day that centers around good food is sure to be a hit in my book.

To celebrate the end of the month drawing near, I have put together this short list of interesting things you might not have known to be true of this month we are in.

1. The name ‘November’ comes from the Latin for nine (novem), as it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar.

2. November was called “Blood Month” by the ancient Saxons because that was the month they sacrificed animals to their gods.

3. Observed during the second week in November, National Split Pea Soup Week celebrates exactly what you’d think it does: that yummy green potage.

4. There is no mention of the month of November in any of Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets.

5. November has been designated National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month.

6. November is National Pomegranate Month in the USA.

Happy November!!

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How Can People Help Others be Good Digital Citizens?

Students explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning how to be good digital citizens.

We're teaching digital citizenship at Parkside. Learn what it is and why it matters.

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Super Digital Citizen
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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Ms. Jackson & Ms. Rice will be coaching the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) team of 4th & 5th grade students this year.

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl was created by a DeKalb County Media Specialist, Ms. Helen Ruffin, in 1986. What began as an interschool competition has grown to a state-wide competition. Students read from a select list of Georgia Award winning novels and prepare to compete against other local schools in January.

Students compete against other schools in a tournament style competition. Meetings will be held every other Wednesday from in October 2019 through December 2019. Meetings will then be every Wednesday in January 2020 and leading up to the first competition, so the students can get more practice and be prepared.

If you know a child who loves to read chapter books and would like to try out for the team please contact Ms.Rice via email or by stopping by the media center.

Are your kids mastering sight words and beginning to read?

Here are some must have easy reads for home and at school! Here’s the deal. Early readers are VERY different from beginning chapter books. Early readers also known as “beginning readers,” “emerging readers” or “easy readers,” all of which are used interchangeably have some pretty distinct characteristics. For instance, the font in these books is large, and the sentences are short. The pictures provide supportive clues to the reader. The text has a lot of repetition when it comes to structure often containing word families and rhyme, and the words are fairly simple and easy to decode.

When it comes to easy readers, the more times children read a book, the more they will sharpen their skills, and the more fluency improves. Since practice is key when it comes to reading, repetition is awesome!

Take a look at the Ultimate list of the Best Books for Beginning Readers!


We’ve kicked off Race2Read and all students have access to Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS ) resources. We need everyone to read and log their minutes so that we can meet our goal.


Username: network ID Password: lunch number

Teachers: Lawson ID Password: CHANGEME


Username: Network ID Password: race2read

Teachers: network ID Password: beanstackreads

Race2Read click here:

This year`s AR theme is .. AWESOME READERS !

The Accelerated Reader Program is an exciting and innovative reading program that encourages students to read quality literature. Each year the AR program utilizes a theme this years theme is Awesome Readers, offers rewards incentives, and recognizes students who excel in the program. Students:

· Take the STAR test to determine their “zone of proximal development.” This should be done within the first three weeks of school.

· Have a set goal of 80% for accuracy. This will also be the school-wide goal. Monthly goals are based by the grade level.

· Select a book in their “zone” from the specially coded books.

· Read a book at his/her own pace at school or home. Students may also take tests on books which have been read to them.

· Take a computerized test featuring 5, 10, or 20 comprehension questions. The computer will report the number of correct responses, the reading level, and the length of the book.

If you are unsure about whether a title is AR you may use AR Bookfinder to determine. Please note AR testing must be done at school. Students may test after-school with supervision.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a web-hosted computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor student independent reading practice. Students need regular reading practice to improve their skills. The student selects a book (from over 130,000 titles) at his/her individual reading level, reads at their own pace, and then takes a short reading comprehension quiz on the computer at school. Our goal at Parkside is for each student to succeed at achieving their individual goal while reading what they choose.

Every book is given a point value. The point value is computed based on the difficulty of the book (reading level or book level) and the length of the book (number of words). The teacher sets the student's individual goal each marking period (every trimester). AR keeps track of the student's reading practice toward his/her goal and communicates it to parents and teachers.

How do students get the books to read?

• Library at school during library period

• Community Library

• Classroom book collections

• Home book collections

If you are unsure about whether a title is AR you may use AR Bookfinder to determine. Once a child has completed the book, they can take the test in their classroom or computer lab. Please note AR testing must be done at school. Students may test after-school with supervision.

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A Parents Guide To Accelerated Reader

This document gives parents a complete reference to Accelerated Reader, including common questions and answers about the software.Parents will receive a comprehensive overview explaining how you can help your students become stronger readers with AR™.

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Did you know? is a platform for lifelong learning, growing with you every step of the way. As you improve the words that you learn will become more and more advanced and you can always look back to see how far you’ve come. This database was developed to help students become proficient with all types of testing especially GMAS preparation using a gaming format. Teachers can request lists to create games, quizzes and more. I challenge each grade to create some wonderful vocabulary games and have fun increasing vocabulary and writing skills! can be found in MyBackPack suite and I will help you on your next Media visit.

SEL Book of the Month

"Those Shoes"

Those Shoes

By: Maribeth Boelts

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

Those Shoes - Storytime with Daddy | Children's Books Read Aloud


Don't forget that thanks to a partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, all Atlanta Public School students are patrons of the public library! Click here:

1. There is no card involved. Students use the APS username and password.

2. There are no late fees.

3. If student loses a book, the fee is a writing assignment.

Class Pass allows the following checkouts:

Print checkouts:

50 books, 10 CDs, 5 DVDs

Digital checkouts:

Hoopla - 10 downloads per month

Overdrive - 10 items every 30 days

Axis 360 - 5 titles per month

Friends of the Library Week

Monday, Nov. 18th, 9pm to Friday, Nov. 22nd, 11am

3935 Rux Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

To sign up please contact Ms. Rice in the Media Center.

Hours of Operation

The media center is open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. every school day. Students must come with a purpose for learning and a classroom pass for checkouts. Faculty members are welcome to browse and pick up materials in person or notify me of needs via email, phone or student messenger.