On my nightstand right now, Ivan Doig’s The Last Bus to Wisdom sits finished. It looks so lonely. Before I finished it, I couldn’t put it down. I was so sad when it ended. I hope that each of our students will leave elementary school knowing the joy a good book can bring.
When I visited classrooms this week, I was delighted to see students engaged in reading! I passed by the library earlier today and Anthony was in a rocking chair previewing a book. In Ms. Burnett’s class, Caleb was reading Green Eggs and Ham. In Ms. Cole’s room, students were comparing a video with a news article. It’s that time of year when students are deeply engaged in a great text. Students are working to build deeper meaning as they develop vocabulary, play with sounds, analyze characters and make predictions. I am delighted that students not only seem to be eager readers but also understand the importance of understanding what they were reading at many levels.
I hope that your children will enjoy great books over the 5-day weekend. On Monday, I will greet kids out front with, “Glad your back! Tell me what you read!” Based on what children have already revealed, I know that some have real adventures planned and others look forward to adventures in books.
This afternoon I joined kindergarten in music and they were doing a snow dance with scarves. I was reminded once again that I need to make sure my car is stocked with extra warm clothes, snowboots, and books just in case I get stuck in the snow due to weather. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Principal