SIS News Archive
Why do you read?
That was the question asked on November 24th at the launching assembly of the SIS Elementary School Book Week. In addition to thinking about why we read, the launching assembly included entertainment, action, lots of laughter, and thoughtful listening. The feature presentation of the assembly was a reader's theatre production of Peter Reynolds' story, The Dot.
During Book Week, every class, kindergarten - grade 5, read The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The Dot is a story about a young child who is stubbornly uncreative. The teacher in the story invites the child to express herself. The teachers says to the young child, "just make a mark and see where it takes you." The story unfolds and the child in the story learns how creativity and risk-taking in a supportive environment can have amazing results! In addition to the celebration of reading, "make your mark and see where it takes you" was one of our Book Week themes. To celebrate the love of reading, creativity, risk-taking and being supportive, different dot-related experiences happened each day during Book Week.
In art class, Ms. McCrea was inspired by the message of The Dot and had students working with a variety of media to create 6 collaborative and unique pieces of art. The finished dot artwork is now displayed in the Mountainside Library. Come and take a look! When the first graders first saw it they sat in awe and silence - eyes fixated and brains engaged.
In the K-5 and some ECLC2 classrooms, students created sticker dots with messages for their reading buddies. Then, when the buddies met to read together, they exchanged their dots. Seeing the expressions on the faces of our students when the dots were being traded was a fantastic reminder of what a caring community SIS really is.
On Wednesday of Book Week, SIS was a sea of dots - every color and size! That's right, to show our spirit and celebrate reading, we dressed in any dots we could find. Some people went crazy and were head to toe in dots! It is quite likely many of our students were highly motivated to wear dots after a humorous skit they watched during our assembly. In the skit, Mrs. Krebs and Mrs. Bohara each made a magical change from clothes covered in stripes and flowers to dots, dots and more dots! Our entire elementary school had the giggles when they saw clothes being thrown into the air and over a "wall". Can you imagine what some of our students were thinking? This seemed rather unusual for a school assembly! Nevertheless, it made an impact and so many of our students and teachers got into the spirit of wearing dots on Wednesday.Many classes were fortunate to have special guest readers share stories with them throughout the week. Thank you to our SIS community members who shared their time and love of reading. What a pleasure it is to share a story together and build community.
Aside from the planned events mentioned above, each class made Book Week their own. I heard that some first graders actually finished off their week with a PJ party and wore pajamas! What a great reason to read - to relax! I also saw that some students created amazing dots in the dark with spinning lights. It is incredible how one idea - being creative and making a mark - can inspire such variations. Check out our classroom blogs for more excitement!
Our celebration of reading was tons of fun, and it also included building our level of empathy and helping others. SIS readers are using their love of reading to raise money for people in need. We have partnered with an organization called Heifer International. Many of our students have asked family members to sponsor them, and have chosen to raise money for the Read to Feed program of Heifer International. People in China will benefit from the money we raise. Heifer Intl. provides farm animals and training to people living in poverty. There are three books in the library which help to explain the concepts behind the work Heifer Intl. does to fight world hunger. They are: Beatrice's Goat, Winter in Songming and Faith the Cow. Each of these titles explores the theme of self-reliance. The Read to Feed program was launched during Book Week. Our efforts to help others will have long-lasting effects on a global level.
Book Week has ended, but the idea of "making your mark, and seeing where it takes you..." continues. Hopefully our readers are feeling excited about reading and the joy it can bring to their lives. SIS readers have many reasons for why they read, and at the top of the list for many of them is "sheer enjoyment"! Have you thought about why you read? If you need some good reasons, ask one of our elementary students!