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Fall 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! As we prepare to reopen, we are creating systems to foster strong school - home partnerships with regard to what students need to grow and thrive in both learning environments (in-person and remote).

This year, all students will be required to keep a Reader Response Journal. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in children’s literacy development and lifelong achievement when they promote the love of reading. This assignment will allow families to assist schools with ensuring that children take time to read. Did you know that when parents and caregivers are involved in their children’s reading habits, the children are more likely to be frequent readers later in life?

All students benefit from more reading practice. When a child reads or listens to a story for just 15 - 30 minutes per day, they start seeing substantial positive gains in reading achievement.

This journal will help to record what students are reading and will allow them to show their thinking about what they are reading in the response that they select.

We encourage families to select a reading goal and document their progress toward the goal. Children may select any book to read and respond. They may choose something from school but we also encourage them to find a book that they are interested in reading.

In addition, teachers will collect one response per week digitally (take a picture of your child’s response). The reading journal will be collected as a whole at the end of the marking period.

We hope that your child enjoys reading at home!

Molly Corey