'Tis the Season to be Reading!


Happy Holidays!

During the month of December we will continue the Superintendent's RACE2READ Challenge! Please continue to utilize Class Pass with Atlanta/Fulton Public Library and plan to attend a Class Pass workshop in the media center! We will also host the Scholastic Book Fair December 12th- 16th! Please let me know if there is absolutely anything that I can do to assist you with your literacy needs. Need help with resources for developing unit plans? Would you like me to curate resources for a particular unit you're teaching? Want to collaborate on a lesson or project? Need assistance with MyOn, Accelerated Reader, Beanstack, Class Pass or other materials to support lesson planning? Just send me a quick email @drrice@atlanta.k12.ga.us. Happy Reading!


We are anxiously awaiting the results from the Buzzer Readers Reading Campaign! As a school, we read and logged a total of 134,266 minutes! Each person who participated will win tickets to a Georgia Tech Women's Basketball game during the month of January. The process for claiming tickets is forthcoming. Thank you to all teachers and students who participated! We are nearing our school goal and it's only December! Let's keep reading!
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December Monthly Focus: Accelerated Reader

In preparation for our January AR Celebration, this month's lesson will center around Accelerated Reader for teachers who need a refresher!

  • AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students pick books at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, students take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that they understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help students set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

  • Students will read books, take AR tests, and receive incentives as they grow and earn points!

  • The students on each grade level with the most AR points will win a bike!

  • Teachers who fully support the program and push their students will win a Teacher Power Pack and gift card!

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The SEL Book of the month for the month of December is Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O'Leary. When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby. As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size, and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special. A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.


Learning Commons Literacy Calendar

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING! December 12th-16th

The Book Fair is coming to the Deerwood Academy Learning Commons December 12th-16th. We will also be open during Parent Academy on the 13th. Please share this information with your scholars and their parents! Classrooms will preview the fair this Friday!
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Check out the learning commons Literacy quick sheet

Please use the below QR codes to quickly access various literacy activities and resources. Feel free to share with students and parents.
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Upcoming Events

  • Inclusive Schools Week December 5th-9th
  • Scholastic Book Fair December 12th-16th