Hazeldale: Read Across America Week

School Newsletter — March 4th, 2020

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Note from the Principal

Dear Hazeldale Families,

Read Across America week is a great week to celebrate READING! How much should your child be reading at home? As much as humanly possible!

The National Education Association has some great books on their website to consider reading. One of my personal favorite things about reading is that it exposes me to adventures and perspectives that I would never otherwise experience or understand. It's important to me that my daughters see me with a rich reading life in our home. One of the things I do with my girls, a 5th grader and a junior, is prior to long breaks stock up on some books to read. Especially before the two week winter break. My kids know that books are part of their gifts at Christmas time—which give them new material to read when we visit my family in Idaho. The breaks such as winter and spring breaks are dress rehearsals for the long summer break.

As we approach our spring conferences in April, and begin to think about summer, teachers and myself are often asked about summer school. My first question for you to think about is how much is your child reading in the hours outside of school? This is the most critical important thing that will absolutely make a difference in your child's academic success. Reading is the most critical skill to your child's future success—All of school is going to be easier for your kids if your kids become powerful readers . . . Your child can’t take AP Biology unless they can read the text; The Math state test is a reading test. You want to move heaven and earth to help your child become a great reader.

Remember, the achievement gap happens in the summer months as kids that read progress reading levels and kids that don't lose a reading level for every five weeks they aren't reading at a high volume—which increases that achievement gap. Use this celebration of reading week to begin practicing for our upcoming long summer break!

· Reading growth happens in the hours outside of school. Reading growth is 100% related to the volume of reading the kids do outside of school.

In this newsletter, below, I've attached and linked some resources to help you connect your child with high interest books.

Happy reading!!

Angela Tran


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Book Resources—Check these out to help your child find high interest books!

Some Great Resources from the person who is in charge of the libraries at TCRWP—Teachers College Reading Writing Project.

Follow her on Twitter! @sfranzintcrwp

High Leverage Series Books

Graphic Novel Series

Diverse Book Resources

Visit the Aloha Community Library—make it a weekly trip with your family!

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Hazeldale Celebrates Read Across America Week—March 2nd-6th

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Upcoming Events

Key Dates and Events Coming Up:
  • March 2nd-6th—Read Across America Week (See Themes and Dress Up Days Above)
  • Monday, March 2nd—2nd/3rd Grade Music Program "Sing a Song, Share a Story" 6-6:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 8th—Daylight Savings—Spring Forward
  • Monday, March 9th—PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Friday, March 13th—PTO Popcorn Friday
  • Thursday, March 19th—Hazeldale Trailblazer Night (vs. Dallas Mavericks)
  • Friday, March 20th—Principal's Coffee and Chat 8:35 am in Multipurpose Conference Room
  • Friday March 20th—LOST AND FOUND UNCLAIMED ITEMS DONATED (end of each month)—Please write your child's name on the tag of their clothing and we will be sure to get it back to them.
  • March 23-27 Spring Break—No School

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Hazeldale Elementary School works to support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care, and to engage with power and agency in a changing world.

We provide a learning environment and instruction that promotes engagement, academic excellence, self-confidence, independence, risk and resilience. We foster respect, an appreciation of self and others, and collaboration through inquiry, exploration, goal setting, and service.

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