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AC Literacy Week April 13-17 2015

Let's Celebrate Reading and Writing with a Week of FUN!!

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Schedule of Events

PLEASE check the schedule for your class's assembly and grade level times with our visiting storyteller.

Emergency Evacuation and Drop Everything and Read

Friday, April 10th at 2:30 pm

To kick off our week, we will have an "emergency drill" at 2:30 on the Friday before Literacy Week. Students and staff will bring a book to read in the upper field for 10 minutes.

Pre Literacy Week Prep Activities

This is your TO DO list!!!

Classroom Door Decoration

Dear Teachers: Below you will find the information regarding the Door Decoration for Literacy Week:

DOOR DECORATION (Recycled materials only)

Due date: April 10th

Suggestions for decoration: (Room Mothers can help in decoration)

Favorite class book

Suggested books by class

Favorite quotes from books

Books from same author

Book Characters

Other that you can think about


Share the door with the class with whom you paired during


Each class could visit the door of the other class.

Have a walk around the school looking at the different doors.

Sent door pictures to Esther, so she can post on FB.

Contact Person: Elsa Maria Crespo or Elisa Waingort

Partner Reading

Another option for your classroom is to schedule a partner reading session. Most of you have partner classrooms that were established at Thanksgiving. If you need or want to change your partner classroom, please arrange this on your own. If you need suggestions, please contact Jen at jgibsonmillis@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Guest Reader

One option for your classroom is to have a guest reader come read to your students. There are two ways that you can do this...
  1. Pick and schedule your own guest reader.
  2. Follow the directions on the Google doc below.

Contact Person: jgibsonmillis@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Visiting Storyteller Marc Levitt Monday, April 13th-14th

Instead of having a variety of authors, we will have one guest storyteller coming. Marc Levitt will be here on Monday and Tuesday. Monday will be focused on the prek-2nd graders while Tuesday will be for the 3rd-5th graders. I will be creating question with them during their LMC classes. Visit here to learn more about Marc.
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Writing Exhibit for Family Literacy Night

Good morning teachers,

As part of our schoolwide Literacy Week, we are hosting our annual Family Literacy Night on April 14th. Guest speaker, Marc Leavitt will be presenting a workshop for parents. His workshop is focused on writing and since we have been focusing so much effort on writer’s workshop, we see this as a prime opportunity to exhibit student work. After Marc’s presentation, we would like to invite parents to tour classrooms and view exhibits of their students’ writing. This is also a chance for parents to see the doors decorated for literacy week. This is an evening event, so of course your participation is not mandatory. But if you would like to be included in the student writing exhibit, please let me know so I can add your classroom to the program. Thanks!

What is required of you:

· Be in your classroom from 7:00-7:30 on April 14th

· Welcome parents and students to your classroom

· Provide a short explanation of your recent work in writing

· Display published student writing for parents and students to view

Please contact Shannon Sacher for more information.

Family Literacy Night Tuesday, April 14th 6-7:30 pm

Student Information

Please remind students about these activities and include it in your parent communication. I will be sending an electronic newsletter and also some flyers via student backpacks. If parents have any questions, please feel free to send me the emails or parents.

Book Character Dress Up Day Wednesday, April 15th

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

Contact Person: jgibsonmillis@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Discount Available at Giving Tree Books

Teachers also can get the discount!!! Read below for more information!!!

Giving Tree books is pleased to offer a 20% discount to AC families for the first days of the Literacy week with the great opportunity to stock up on books for the week of reading. The following conditions apply:

  • The discount will apply only to reading books (ie. not sticker books, teachers' materials, puppets, puzzles, etc)
  • In effect for 3 days: Monday the 13th, Tuesday the 14th of April and Wednesday, April 15th for in store purchases only.
  • Families wishing to have the discount applied to their purchases will be asked to present their AC identification (carnet).


Readathon Monday, April 13th-Friday, April 17th

  • NOT be a formal contest.

  • It doesn’t matter if it’s independent reading or read-aloud, if it’s a novel or a newspaper article, the point is just to challenge ourselves to read more.

  • Please tell your class that “In honor of Literacy Week, we’re going to spend (a certain amount of time that you decide) minutes of every class period this week reading.” So after each period or day, please write down on a little sticky Period 1, 15 min, Monday 30 minutes ,etc. etc.

  • If you would like to add in the minutes that your students logged reading at home the night before, you can do that too. Again, he idea is to just see how we can challenge ourselves as a school and get a number to try to beat again next year.

  • Spanish teachers and other Specialists in both divisions are encouraged to participate by forwarding their class reading minutes to mentor/homeroom teachers.

  • Teachers, please send daily minutes updates to Elisa by 3:15 pm. She will forward this info to the division principals.

Daily updates will be made through regular morning announcements employed by each division.

Contact Elisa Waingort or Shannon Sacher for information.