Reading Month begins March 1, 2013

Dear Parents and Teachers,

March 1st 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 books. 

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                   
Title 1 Teacher                     Title 1 Parapro

Laura Petrosky                      Tracie Stanley
Title 1 Parapro                       Title 1 Parapro


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