Dear KES Parents/Guardians,
Today our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One Book, One School. Thanks to a generous grant from the Kirtland Education Foundation, each student has received a copy of the same book, Betty G. Birney’s The World According to Humphrey, and will be asked to read it at home during the next 14 school days. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. It is also a fun and worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to further build a community of readers at our school. Everyone- students, parents, teachers, office, cafeteria, bus drivers and custodial staff will be participating so we can all reap the many benefits of the program.
One School, One Book is a unique program in that children at all grade levels will be listening to the same book. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond your child’s reading level. Reading chapter books with your children, even when they are able to read by themselves, is also beneficial. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and interest older children.
Your child received his/her copy of The World According to Humphrey following a special school-wide assembly where we introduced the program and the book. Attached to this letter you will find the reading schedule along with tips for reading aloud with your child. Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night which will take no longer than 15 minutes. Additionally, if you would like to hear staff members reading the various chapters, you may visit the Kirtland Elementary home page where you will find a link to the One Book, One School page.
Your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive and active listening. You will soon find out that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. Throughout the building there will be various activities which will further enrich the reading experience. You will want to make sure that your family stays current with the reading so your child will fully appreciate all that we have planned. Also, we want to get the entire Kirtland Community involved with this book. Local businesses will have a poster of Humphrey hidden in their building. Students need to let an employee know they found it and answer a question or two. Then your child will receive a check on his or her Humphrey Passport to receive prizes at school. See the attachment for list below of the businesses that are participating.
With your help, we hope to make the next fourteen days a time where everyone is talking about the adventures of Humphrey, Ms. Mac, Mrs. Brisbane, and Aldo Amato. Happy Reading!
Chad VanArnhem, Principal