Dear Parents and Teachers,
is the kick-off to our “March is Reading Month”
celebration. This year’s theme is Hooked on
Reading. We’ve invited a speaker to introduce
FishingKids stories and characters and discuss how a
book is created. There will be two presentations:
9:10-9:50 (K-2) and 10:00-10:45 (3-5) in the
cafetorium. You’re welcome to join in.
Throughout the month there will be a reading contest.
For each 20 minutes read, students can write their name
on a fish. Once the sheet is complete,
students should bring it to their classroom teacher.
For each sheet completed, students can enter a drawing.
There are five drawings to choose from: fishing pole &
reel combo, FishingKids fishing vest, FishingKids tackle
box and compass set, set of FishingKids books and
Portager sweatshirt. All items are located in the
display case by the Student Services Office. The last
day of the contest is Monday, March 18th. No
fish will be accepted after this date. On Wednesday,
March 20th, winners will be announced.
Also throughout the month, Students may be “Caught
Being Good.” Peacemakers and Safety Patrol students
will be on the lookout for good behavior. If they
“catch” a student being good, then the student will
receive a fish sticker.
On Wednesday, March 6th, students will learn
about their classroom fish. Each classroom will
represent a fish: Kindergarten - Muskellunge, First –
Small-Mouth Bass, Second – Sunfish, Third – Marlin,
Fourth – Northern Pike, and Fifth – Walleye.
During the week of March 11th – 15th,
students have the opportunity to write a fish tale.
Depending on each classroom teacher, students may
complete the activity in their classroom or at home. On
Friday the 15th all tales need to be
submitted by the end of the day. The classroom teacher
will choose the best writing in his/her classroom. The
selected student will receive a prize and their writing
will be displayed on the FishingKids website.
On Friday, March 8th, we’ll have a book
exchange in the Media Center called “Fishing for a Good
Book.” Beginning Monday, March 4th and
throughout the week, students can bring in used
children’s books in good condition. Board books and
baby books will not be accepted. For each
acceptable book brought in, your child will receive a
coupon. On Friday they can trade in their coupons for
On Wednesday, March 13th, students will learn
about Minnesota. This is the location of the book,
The Monster of White Fish Lake where ten-year old
Spinner and his best buddy, Bobber, spend their days
riding their bikes, swimming, and fishing off the ends
of their docks.
Lastly PJ Day and Young Author’s Day will be Thursday,
March 21st at 1-3 p.m. in various elementary
classrooms. Students are invited to wear their pajamas
or comfortable clothing. During this event, students
will share the books they have written to a small
audience. Some classes have made the traditional bare
books. Some classes are using Student Publishing, where
they create a book online and the company will publish
paperback books for FREE! In return we’ve promised to
send home order forms for you to order additional books
in paperback, soft cover or hard cover, if you wish.
Teachers may add bonus fishing vocabulary words to your
child’s spelling test throughout the month such as
angler, bait, or weedguard.
Attached you’ll find a calendar for your convenience.
Please post it in a safe location to refer to throughout
the month. Your child’s teacher may or may not
participate in all the above activities. These
activities are in addition to the required curriculum.
Shantel Niederstadt Jan Exo
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Laura Petrosky Tracie Stanley
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