February 14, 2020
“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” – Junot Díaz
In this case, “the art” is storytelling: the storytelling of a good book, whether fiction or nonfiction. I was walking down the MSA office hallway seeing the happy children with their parents as they lined up to purchase a good book. It felt like Christmas just happened – the excitement was just that palpable. One of my Lower Elementary readers, that I have the joy of working with, stopped by my office with his grandmother (of course – who isn’t a pushover for this kind of event?) and showed me his new acquisitions. I had just worked with him that morning on his emerging reading skills and this afternoon, I could see the glimmer in his eye – that now he KNEW he was well on his way to being able to read them “all by himself.”
Also interesting - a quick question asked out of curiosity to adults in the office: “How many of you read books on Kindle?” Not one of them did! (I had to admit that I have many on my Kindle; my “patience quotient” is almost zero.) But still much preferred is the “feel and smell” of a physical book that opens its pages to be underlined, starred, noted with personal thoughts.
And as a grandmother myself, I was lucky enough to know to save my own children’s favorite stories so that I could read the slightly discolored but loved pages again to their offspring.
Yes, this is an unpaid ad to remind you that the Book Fair is open until this Wednesday -- only two days left!
And yes …. It is once again, to remind all of us (me included) to put down the technology and engage in the discovery of a new Potter adventure, the newest travel memoir, or the latest bestselling book on “How to Make a Million AND Donate to Your Favorite Non Profit.” (Still looking for that rich uncle! Ha!)
- Karen Holt
Dates to Remember
Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.
February 13-19 - Scholastic Book Fair
February 15 - Deadline for Priority Enrollment (discounted fee through Tuesday morning)
February 16 - GAMAC presents Anderson's Got Talent 2020 (see note below)
February 17 - President's Day, no school, extended day only
February 20 - Spring Benefit parent volunteer meeting (see information below)
February 20 - Last day for personalized yearbook orders
March 2-6 - Play week
April 25 - Escape to Kokomo - Spring Benefit & Auction
Priority Enrollment Deadline
Change of Address
Book Fair Open Through Wednesday!
NEW this year: you now have the option to set up a student eWallet in order to allow your child to make purchases at the on-site MSA fair cash-free by clicking the Get Started button in the Go cash-free! section at the link above.