March Is Reading Month

New Socks and Underwear Drive on "Wild Socks Day"!

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:54 AM by Julie Darling   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:02 AM ]

Starting Wednesday, March 16th get WILD about helping others!

You can make "Wild Socks Day" at Bates an event to remember by helping families in need. In conjunction with our March Is Reading Month theme, Bates is sponsoring a drive to collect new socks and underwear for needy families across Washtenaw County.

We will be accepting donations at school beginning Tuesday, March16th and will continue collecting items throughout the remainder of the month.  Just place your donations in the mouth of the "Wild Thing" box by the front doors of the building.

C'mon - let's get WILD!

Access Monster Pages from Home!

posted Feb 23, 2011, 12:52 PM by Julie Darling   [ updated Feb 23, 2011, 1:27 PM ]

You can access the monster page template here.  This is what your child can use to record the minutes that he or she reads!  Note that although it says 20 minutes, for Kindergarteners and Young 5's each 15 minutes qualify.

Welcome to March is Reading Month at Bates Elementary!

posted Feb 20, 2011, 2:28 PM by Julie Darling   [ updated Feb 23, 2011, 1:21 PM ]

    Our reading theme this year is "Where the Wild Things Read".  While we hope to use this month to celebrate reading throughout the school, your child will also be helping their class accumulate reading minutes to add features (eyes, horns, teeth) to the classroom "monster" that will be posted outside their door.

    Each week, your student is asked to turn in their completed monster pages to add to their class total.  You can access and print off extra monster pages here.  Every time a total of 10 slips have been turned in, your student's class will be awarded features to add to their monster.  Students are encouraged to read more minutes than noted each week, as this extra reading will allow each class to add more details to their monster.  You will be able to check the progress of each class just by looking at the various monsters.

    What do you need to do as a parent?  Well, first and foremost, be excited about reading!  Encourage your child to read each night and remind them to record the minutes they've read on their monster pages.  We are asking Kindergarten students to read at least 15 minutes per day, and First and Second Grade students to read 20 minutes per day.  Whether reading with a parent, reading alone or reading over the phone to a distant relative, encourage your child to pick up a book and Read, Read, Read!

    Please initial all minutes read and have your child color a monster picture.  As soon as one picture is completed, send it to school with your child.  Continue with more reading and begin another picture.  Students can request additional monster pages at any time during the month from their teacher.

    Finally, be sure to take a look at the Calendar of Events.  Your student won't want to miss any of the fun things planned for "March is Reading Month".  All students will enjoy a "March Is Reading Month", end-of-the-month celebration on Friday, April 1st.

Let's get WILD about reading!

Thank you,

Bates "March Is Reading Month" Committee

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