Stallions Read to Succeed

January Literacy Newsletter for Parents

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Greetings

Greetings parents and thank you for reading the "Stallions Read to Succeed" newsletter. Each week I will provide you with upcoming events and updates on our scholar's progress with the various literacy activities we have embarked on this school year. Reading and writing are life-long skills, and helping our scholars build their reading and writing stamina, increase their reading fluency and comprehension, and expose them to rich vocabulary will effectively prepare our scholars for future success. We are committed to supporting our scholars in reading.


D. L. Sims Scholars are Rocking It Out!

Upcoming Events

January 27, 2023: Literacy & Math Celebration


  • Scholars who have met the monthly expectations of successfully completing the Reading & Math Challenges, Top 5 MyOn/AR Scholars, AR Book Clubs, and/or First In Math winners for December and January will celebrate with Ms. Henderson & Mrs. Boyd on Friday, January 27, 2023 for Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows & cookies.

Read With Malcolm Read Bowl


The READBowl is a friendly 4-weeks reading challenge focusing on increasing our scholar's reading stamina. This challenge is divided into four quarters and includes a halftime show. Reading minutes are tracked weekly. Sims's scholars will compete in the READBowl striving to read a combined total of 150,000 minutes during this competition. We accomplished our goal during the READMarathon, so I know WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN SIMS STALLIONS! READBowl 2023 is free and begins on January 9th. ARE YOU READY!!!

Read with Malcolm ReadBOWL Competition - Quarter 1

Please enjoy the ReadBOWL competition update for Quarter 1. The goal is for all grade levels to read 25,000 minutes in four weeks to help our school read 150,000 minutes. Get in the game Sims, and let's ROCK THIS OUT!!!!

Read with Malcolm ReadBOWL Competition - Quarter 2

Please enjoy the ReadBOWL competition update for Quarter 2. The goal is for all grade levels to read 25,000 minutes in four weeks to help our school read 150,000 minutes. Get in the game Sims, and let's ROCK THIS OUT!!!!

Read with Malcolm ReadBOWL Competition Quarter 3

Please enjoy the READBOWL competition update for Quarter 3. The goal is for all grade levels to read 25,000 minutes for four weeks to help our scholars read 150,000 minutes. Get in the game Sims, and let's ROCK OUT THE FINAL WEEK!!! We are 46,000 minutes away from meeting our goal. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Studentreasures Classbook Update

Studentreasures Steps to Promotion

By now, scholars should be "Revising & Editing" their story and illustrations for the Studentreasures project. Please ensure that EVERY scholar have included ONE story to the classbook. Teachers should allow time during morning work for scholars to complete this task daily. Parents can also support the scholars at home by reading the story the scholars plan to submit to ensure spelling, grammar, and the appropriate punctuation marks are included. Review their illustrations to ensure they match the events of the story. Parents, please speak with your scholar's teachers to ensure that you have received a copy of the permission order form for this project. If you would like to order a copy of the classbook, now is the time as you will not have this option to do so once the books have been shipped to the school. I have included an image of the permission order form in this message to inquire about, if you have not already received and returned one. This form assures that all scholars receive a free copy of the book once permission has been granted by the parent/guardian.


September 20th – October 21st

§ Pre-write: Teachers and scholars will brainstorm the topic for the classbook and scholars will generate details of your story. Teachers & scholars can use the Circle Map to brainstorm and generate ideas.

October 24th – December 2nd

§ Rough Draft: Scholars will write their rough draft on notebook paper or in their AVID ELA notebook. Scholars will use the details generated in the Circle Map to expand their thinking about the topic. This will be a perfect time to incorporate the AVID 2-column notes to organize your ideas.

December 5th – February 17th

§ Revise & Edit: This is the time to improve the details of scholars’ writing. This is also the time to check your spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Scholars should be instructed to write sentences that flow smoothly and make sense to the reader.

February 27th – March 10th

§ Final Draft: This is the time for your scholars to write their final draft on the papers provided by Studentreasures. The final draft documents are located inside the kit that was provided to you.

March 13th – March 17th

§ Pack your kits up and prepare to have them shipped back to Studentreasures for publishing.

AR/MyOn Reading Log

Please click HERE to access the reading log that is due at the end of each month.

Fry Words Competition

Alright, alright!!! Welcome to the 2nd half of the 2022-2023 school year. Last semester, our scholars were encouraged to learn the first 500 Fry Words. During the 2nd semester, scholars are encouraged to learn the final 500 Fry Words. Teachers are to submit documentation of the Fry Words the scholars have learned to Ms. Henderson by Friday, January 20, 2023. A link will be shared with you to enter this information.


Parents and guardians, we encourage you to help your scholars learn all 1,000 Fry Words by playing Bingo, Pictionary, Scrabble, Tic-Tac-Toe, scavenger hunts, etc. As you are shopping or driving, encourage your scholars to identify words from the Fry Words list.


The list of Fry words can be found on the back of the weekly communicator in the scholar's take-home yellow folder. Click on the link below to access the list for daily practice.


Fry Words Lists

Principal's Book of the Month Reflection

Grace for President

January 2023

Grace decided to run for school president. List TWO reasons you think Sam thought Grace would make a better president than Thomas.

Evidence-Based Reading Challenge Recognition

Monthly Literacy Recognitions

Top MyOn Reading Champtions & AR Book Club Inductees - September

Click HERE to access the video.

Top MyOn Reading Champions & AR Book Club Inductees - October

Click HERE to access the video.

Top MyOn Reading Champions & AR Book Club Inductees - November

Click HERE to access the video.

Meet Ms. Henderson, Instructional Coach

Please contact me if you have questions about the literacy events and activities.