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A Note from My Laptop to Yours

March 2014

Dear Parents,

One of my favorite sporting events has become an inspiration for a book contest. For those of you who have not heard of March Madness, it is an annual college basketball tournament in the United States where 64 teams vie for the number one spot.

For the 3rd-5th graders and the 6th-12th graders, we have a book contest happening this month similar to the March Madness tournament. The 3rd-5th grade classes are voting the old fashioned way on a paper bracket. Each week the outcome of their votes will be displayed on the bulletin board. At the end, after the winning book is revealed, I will announce 6 student winners, 2 per grade, whose brackets are closest to the actual winning books. The student winners will receive the coveted ice cream prize.

For the 6th through 12th grade students, they will have an opportunity to vote online each week until April 1st. They will receive an email through their school gmail account inviting them to participate. The "Tournament Bracket" displaying the winners will also be displayed on the bulletin board outside the LMC.

For the week of April 7th, I am excited to announce that we have a wonderful week full of activities planned to celebrate books and reading. Every day there will be Drop Everything and Read Time. Each prek-5th grade classroom will have a virtual or live author or illustrator visit, surprise guest reader and a partner reading time with an older student. Prek-5th grade students will get the opportunity to dress up as their favorite book character. Please read below for more details about specific activities. Lots and lots of fun-filled activities focusing on the importance of reading and books will fill the week!

Please feel free to call, stop by or email me with any questions or comments. May your March be filled with wonderful moments.

Best regards,

Jennifer Gibson-Millis a.k.a. Mrs. G-M

Books make a Difference Week --APRIL 7TH-11TH!!

For the week of April 7th through 11th, Academia Cotopaxi will be celebrating the joys of reading and books. From enjoying guest readers to engaging in a conversation with authors and illustrators, there will be activities all week long. Please watch for emails, letters and other forms of information about this exciting celebration.

Reading Makes a Difference! EVENING EVENT

Who: Academia Cotpaxi Families

When: Wednesday, April 9th from 6:00 to 7:30


  • Best books to read aloud with your child
  • Poetry Slam
  • Storyteller
  • Recycle Book Activity
  • Refreshments
  • Book Sale via The Giving Tree

Where: Academia Cotopaxi

  • Library Media Center
  • Auditorium
  • C32

Questions: Please email Mrs. Gibson-Millis at


All the preschool through 5th grade classes will have an opportunity to swap a "good as new" book for another "good as new" book during the week of April 7th. Starting on March 24th, preschool through 5th grade students can bring a book(s) to school to "donate". These donations will be organized according to grade levels and made available during Reading Week.

We also encourage donations since some students might not be able to bring a book to donate. These donations will provide "tickets" for other students who do not bring books. We will NOT be taking money for books. It is not a fund raiser. Students will receive their tickets and will be choosing their book(s) during their Library Media Class during Reading Week. April 7th through 11th. Please email Mrs. Gibson-Millis at with any questions.

Leamos Juntos

On Thursday, April 11 2014 from 8:15 to 3:00; the Spanish Department is organizing its annual “LEAMOS JUNTOS” interscholastic event. This year, we are including all students in grades 6th-8th and it will have the model of a literary conference. Please contact Elsa Maria at for more information.

Spanish Book Donation Drive

During our reading week, we will also be taking donations of Spanish books. These donations will be given to Bissee Books which is an organization that takes books to disadvantaged communities via bus. You can find out more information by going here.

PreK-5th Grade Dress up as your Favorite Book Character DAY Thursday ,April, 10th

Please remember:

Costume guidelines:

Students should bring their costumes to school unless their classroom teacher tells them otherwise.

Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.

Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

a. High heels

b. Dangerous or intimidating accessories such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size

c. Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children

d. Masks that cover the face

e. Inappropriate clothing for children’s age

Mysteries for Middle Grade Readers

The genre of the month is..Mystery.

Mysteries that want to be solved!

Upper school fiction for readers from 6th grade to Adult!

AC Library Media Staff

Ms. Rita--Lower School Library Media Assistant
Ms. Gloria--Upper School Library Media Assistant
Ms. Anita--Both Lower and Upper School Library Media Assistant
Mrs. G-M--PreK-12 Teacher Librarian/Head Librarian