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Week of October 17, 2016

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The Week Ahead

Tuesday:

Aide meeting in the lounge at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday:

Collaboration Idea: Work on report cards (please don't forget to email me about what you and your team worked on. Thanks!)

Thursday:

Bus Evacuation Drill

School Pictures

Limo Ride

Celebration Assembly

Last day of 1st grading period

Friday:

No School- Fall Break

Enjoy!

Time Flies...

...when you work at Central and have so much fun!


Thanks for all of your hard work this first grading period. It really has flown by! Please keep me posted if there is anything I can do help you as you work with our kids and make such a difference in their lives. Keep up the great work!

Grades Due 10/27

Grades will be due at 4 PM on the Thursday, October 27th with report cards being posted that night. Please let me know if you need any help!

Thursday is Packed!

We have all kinds of things planned for Thursday! Below you will find details about the day. Please let me know if you have any questions or input. Thanks!

Bus Evacuation Drill

Students that are bus riders will go first. Then they will be dismissed to come back in. Once you have bus riders entering your classrooms, please send your walkers, car riders, and child care students down to complete the drill. It would be great if we could start right at 8:30 and be about done by 8:45! 2nd grade, your walkers/car riders should be brought done by one of you. That way we will ensure your kids go first so you can go first for pictures!

Picture Day

2nd Grade will go first since they leave for their field trip at 9. We will then go from K-5. Barb will call when they are ready for your class.

Limo Ride/Duneland Pizza Trip Schedule

10:30-11:55

Amelia Blevins

Linden Youngren

Grace Welter

Henry Durnell

Isaih Boender

Eloise Benjamin

Ava Faga

Hailey Stalion

Alastair Anderson-Schelling

Zakk Cronn

Fiona Epperson

Ben Seramur

Dylan Ryan


11:55-1:30

Alexander Taglia

Charlotte Pearson

Zachary Parks

Eavan Daly

Elena Williams

Madelyn Norman

Lincoln Probst

Mia Davidson

Teddi Weigel

Lucas Adams

Jucel Gentica

Kassidy Reberg

Jin Bloom

Read-a-Thon/End of Grading Period Celebration

2:15-2:30 K-2 Extra recess and ice pops

2:30 K-5 Kevin eats a bug

2:45-3:00 3-5 Extra recess and ice pops

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Thought for the Week: What Do You Do When a Kid Says "I Hate Reading"?

Reluctant readers—we’ve all had them. Those students who wander around the room during silent reading time, browse halfheartedly in the library, complain about reading groups and abandon one book after another because each one, it turns out, is “boring.” What can you do with students who say “I hate reading”?


We asked the awesome educators in our WeAreTeachers Helpline group to share some tips:

1. The right book makes all the difference.
“I just tell them they haven’t found the right book yet. Then we go on a hunt. It might be a yearlong hunt, but I help that student find their ‘hook’ book.” —Anika V.


“I’m a librarian and I tell students that they should find books that they ‘want’ to read, not what they think they ‘should’ read.” —Kristy S.


“Books students choose HAVE to be about topics they are interested in. Gauge that first, and then select your reading. It’s okay for students to be reading different things. Make it more of an individual reading plan vs. everyone reads the same thing. That’s how we lose kids with reading.” —Chris F.


“I ask them what they like to watch on TV. Then I look for books that have similar themes and characters.” —Amy Y.

2. Use everything you’ve got.
“Magazines with high-interest, short articles may help because they have lots of pictures. Graphic novels are also good. Audiobooks are a great choice.” —Bailey S.


“Hand them a recipe, comic book, play, box of cereal with games on the back, a kids menu, anything with words! Then once they’ve found their ‘thing,’ show them that it’s reading.” —Megan B.


“Old school ... Choose Your Own Adventure books ... they rock! My students are in love with them.” —Erin G.

3. Recognize and validate their challenges.
“As a moderate-needs Special Ed teacher, I really believe you need to acknowledge the struggle. Too often, adults shrug this off, which makes children feel even worse.” —Diana M.


“Be sensitive to their feelings. I have heard from struggling readers and their parents many stories of being made to read aloud in class and feeling deeply embarrassed and humiliated. Just yesterday, a mom told me that happened to her child in 1st grade and now, as a 7th grader, her child still hates reading.” —Kristy B.

4. Teach each reading skill carefully and explicitly.
“Make sure your small-group reading instruction is skill-targeted. Identify the real reading level of every student you have and make sure they have access to the books they need.” —Diana M.


“Reluctant readers are often struggling readers, so it’s important to know what is really going on with your students. Is it a comprehension issue? Can he or she read the words, but not quite pull it all together? Is it a decoding issue (sound, letter and word recognition)? Know where your students’ deficits are so that you can address them directly.” —Mary M.


“Instead of focusing on content instruction, focus on processing skills: word attack, sight-word recognition, contextual fluency, oral vocabulary and comprehension.” —Lindamood-Bell

5. Model the joy of reading.
“Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in life! I share my love of reading with enthusiasm and exuberance and find that my attitude sets the tone for my whole room with good feelings about reading. For my kids, reading is a treat and the best part of the day.” —Stephanie I.


“Encourage parents to embrace reading with their children. Provide them with research that substantiates the benefits (emotional as well as academic) of reading on a regular basis with their kids. Make it a fun time to get lost in a story together, to ask questions and wonder.” —Emily J.


“In my classroom we have weekly book talks where students can share a book that they are loving with the class. The kids love it! They get so excited as they share details about the characters and the story. I don’t have to do the work—they get each other excited about reading! I’ve found my students are more likely to read a book that is recommended by a friend than by any other source.” —Carrie P.


Thanks to Lindamood-Bell for sponsoring this article. For more on this topic, check out “I Hate Reading!: Tips for Helping Your (Very) Reluctant Reader.”

by Elizabeth Mulvahill