One School, One Book (Save Me a Seat)
Greetings Dolphin Families!
This summer our school will be participating in a very special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every student will receive a copy of the same book – Save Me A Seat, by Sarah Weeks - and will be asked to read it at home over the summer. 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. Reading aloud is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. Through our One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff - will be participating, and we know that there are many benefits to being involved in this activity.
Your child will receive his/her copy of Save Me A Seat after a special assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home (June 4), you will also receive a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home following our assembly and throughout the summer. You will be asked to read a chapter or more a night – between 15-30 minutes per night.
When your child returns to school in August, your child will participate in a few activities that are related to the book. This is our way of encouraging and rewarding aggressive reading and listening. You will find that your child takes pride in returning to school feeling confident and ready to engage in activities, conversation and a common bond related to the story. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included in all the activities. When students return to school, everyone will be talking about Save Me a Seat!
One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be reading and listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend that you can and should read material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.
Good luck! We hope to talk with you and your students about Save Me A Seat. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can and will build a Community of Readers at our school.
Celeste A. Spears-Ellis, Principal
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