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Ashford Elementary School Newsletter ~ December 2021

Season's Greetings!


This month's newsletter highlights literacy activities provided by the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI). ARI is a statewide K-3 initiative committed to supporting the development of high-quality instruction that will prepare all students with the literacy skills needed to meet or exceed grade-level standards. The goal of the ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students. I hope you enjoy these activities!

Merry Christmas,

Sharon LeRoy,


🔔 Upcoming Events 🔔

December 6th – 10th

  • Peguin Patch Holiday Shop

December 15th

  • AES Virtual Winter Music Program

December 17th

  • School Dismisses at 1:00 p.m.

December 20th – January 2nd

  • Christmas Holiday

January 3rd

  • Teacher Work Day

January 4th

  • Students Return to School

Here Are Your 12 Days of Literacy Activities!

2.1 Rhyme Time
Say and Slide Individual Sounds in Words
4.3 Echo Reading (Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy)
1.3 Dinner Table Talk

Additional Literacy Resources

Learning to read begins at home through everyday parent-child interactions, long before children attend school. Your continued support of literacy development throughout elementary school positively affects your child's reading ability and their love of reading.

These Family Activities include easy-to-follow plans to help you support your child's foundational reading skills at home. Materials needed for each Family Activity, such as letter cards, are included. They begin with simpler activities and progress to more difficult ones. You may want to start with the first activity and move to the next when you notice that your child has a firm understanding of the content from that activity. We encourage you to select appropriate activities for your child, and feel free to set aside anything that seems too difficult. The goal is to engage your child in activities that promote learning in a positive environment, not to induce frustration. The activities should be completed with the child, frequently, with patience, and positive feedback. Using the activities at home will be a fun way to spend family time together!

The Family Literacy Videos show families engaging their children in the Family Activities just described. The key points about the videos help you know what to focus on for a specific activity. The twelve days of literacy activities all came from the following links.

Kindergarten Family Link: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/foundations/kindergarten_intro.asp

1st Grade Family Link: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/foundations/firstgrade_intro.asp

2nd Grade Family Link: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/foundations/secondgrade_intro.asp

3rd Grade Family Link: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southeast/foundations/thirdgrade_intro.asp

Additional Resources

Resources - Alabama Partnership for Children

APC has compiled resources surrounding a FOCUS (Focus On Children Under Six) topic for all organizations that request the information for distribution in local communities. It is our hope that the FOCUS resources will provide more attention to birth-to-five topics statewide.

Resources (nancyyoung.ca)

The following link contains recommended books, videos, articles, and websites that provide information relating to reading and writing, dyslexia, giftedness, ADHD, twice-exceptional, and movement.

Storyline Online - Home

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more. As you watch the videos, we recommend that you pause the video to discuss what the story is about or respond to the actors' comments.


Alabama Family Central has been a goal for several years from the creation of the Department of Children’s Affairs in 2001 through the priorities of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in recent years. As a single platform for families to access services and programs, its purpose is to help families easily navigate and find links to supports they need. State agency partners include Departments of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Resources, Medicaid, Mental Health, Public Health, Rehabilitation Services/Early Intervention, with support from the Office of Information Technology.