Panda Literacy Newsletter

Parkside Center for Literacy & Inquiry - October 2021

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The Parkside Center for Literacy and Inquiry is excited about the wonderful things happening this month. October is National Book Month and we will participate in our first annual school and community wide One Book, One Parkside reading. In addition, we will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, National Bully Prevention and Red Ribbon Week. Finally, we will culminate the month with our annual Storybook Character Parade. Take a few moments to read all about this Spook-tacular Month!
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National Book Month

Each October, National Book Month allows us to celebrate and expand our love of reading. As the warm temperatures start to leave us for the winter, it’s the perfect time to put on some cozy slippers, have a cup of tea (or wine) and curl up on the couch with a good book. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life and forget to enjoy the little things. Many of us put our relaxing hobbies like reading on the backburner, but this month, pick up a few new books and make time to read them. It’s a great hobby to get into!

One Book, One Parkside - October 4 - 29, 2021

To celebrate National Book Month our school community will participate in our first school-wide community read. As a school community we will read "The World According to Humphrey". Check out our One School, One Book website for more information about this amazing event -

National Italian Heritage Month

Benvenuti! (Welcome!) Italian-American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. During this time, we celebrate the Italian-American culture, and spread the word about the traditions that come with it. Italian-Americans have made many contributions to the U.S., especially in art, humanities, and sciences. In 1880, Italians began migrating to the U.S. to flee rural poverty in Southern Italy and Sicily, and today, Americans of Italian descent are the nations fifth-largest ethnic group.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in the United States as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Parkside staff, students and community will be

"Pinked Out for Breast Cancer" on Friday, October 22, 2021

If your family is or has experienced breast cancer and needs a picture book to discuss this difficult topic with children, check out some of the title below.

National Bully Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is an annual designation observed in October. It’s always important to talk about the dangers of bullying and the trauma it can bring to it’s victims, but this month, use your voice to speak up extra loud. Research shows that bullying often leaves lasting negative effects on those who deal with it.

By speaking out, spreading kindness, and finding your other roles in bullying prevention, you’re making school settings, workplaces, and other environments safer and happier places. We must send a message that bullying will not be tolerated in our community, and now is the perfect time to start.

Parkside will observe Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 by wearing orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.


National Red Ribbon Week

Every year during the last week in October, the country comes together for National Red Ribbon Week. This weeklong observance is considered the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. The campaign focuses on the mission of keeping kids drug-free.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared a “War on Drugs.” He stated that drug abuse was “public enemy number one.” During the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan expanded many of the policies Nixon had put into place. In 1984, Nancy Reagan began her campaign, “Just Say No” to drugs. The Red Ribbon campaign joined the fight against drugs in 1985.

Red Ribbon Spirit Week - October 25-29, 2021 - Coordinated by Ms. Brown, Counselor

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Race to Read 2021-2022

Race 2 Read is the Atlanta Public School’s District wide literacy campaign to encourage students, teachers, staff and parents to read daily and collectively to reach 10 million minutes of reading.

Parkside’s goal is to read and log 543,000 minutes by May 2022. Let’s foster a love of reading and come together as a community of readers to make this happen. Please follow the steps below to register and begin logging your reading minutes.

Student Log-in

Username: Network ID Password: race2read

Staff Log-in

Username: Network ID Password: beanstackreads

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Fostering a Love of Reading is Our Goal!

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By Peter Reynolds

The world needs your voice. If you have a brilliant idea... say something!

If you see an injustice... say something! In this empowering new

picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many

ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and

every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions,

our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere,

this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance

and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you

are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you'll make it


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COMMUNICATORS understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

The pictures below are some of the students who were selected for the August (Thinker) and September (Knowledgeable) learners of the month.

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July, August and September Birthdays

Parkside is committed to strengthening our culture of literacy. Every student at Parkside will receive a book of choice for their birthday. This month we celebrate those students who have birthdays in the months of July, August and September. We hope you enjoy your "Birthday Book"
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October Literacy Challenge

As we continue to strengthen our culture of literacy and foster a love of reading at Parkside each month there will be a literacy challenge. The October Literacy Challenge is titled "Boooooks Are Spook-tacular". Let's get in the fall spirit by decorating pumpkins as our favorite storybook character. (One Entry per class)

1. You may use a real or artificial pumpkin.

2. Absolutely NO carved Pumpkins!

3. To decorate, you can use paper, glue, paint, markers, pipe cleaners, fabric or other craft items on the entry.

4. Projects must represent a book character.

5. Entry forms can be picked up from Ms. Taylor. On the entry form, you must write the title and author of the book and bring the book or a picture of the book cover to display with your pumpkin and/or gourd.

6. Entries can be dropped off to Ms. Taylor on Monday, November 1, 2021.

All participants will be entered into a prize drawing! The drawing and the winner will be held and announced at the end of the month!

September Literacy Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Baker (4th Grade). She is our September Literacy Challenge Winner. Stop by her room to read about the Math Book Buzz she shared! Thank you for spreading a love of reading at Parkside Ms. Baker!