General Outline of Activities
Dear NES families,
We are thrilled to be celebrating “The Year of the Book” here at NES this year. In an effort to keep you informed about upcoming events, please refer to the list below. We hope you can join us when you can. We are trying to schedule several “book give-aways” during evening events so that you can have a hand in helping your child to choose some of the 10 free books your child will receive during the course of the year. We hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy celebrating this special year with us.
Here's What “The Year of the Book” is all About:
(Listed in general order of occurrence)
10 free books for every student in the building. These will be given our 2 at a time throughout the course of the year. Some dates are listed below, and we'll fill in the year with the rest and keep you informed.
Read-to Me Contracts: To be given to students the first or second week of school. Parents, please return these as soon as you can: These are due October 12th. If we get 80% of the students' forms back, CliF will provide funding for an ice-cream or pizza party the night of our choosing.
Kick Off Event: Duncan McDougall of CliF will come on the evening of September 26th (Wed.) to do a brief introduction of the program to students, parents and community members plus a 30 minute story- telling session. The first 2 books will be given to students at this event. Parents, you can assist your child in choosing his/her first two free books during this event. Also this evening, classrooms will be open for a casual “Open House” so families can come and take a look after a month of school has gone by. We really hope you can join us!
Mini-Grants: There will be 10 grants awarded to teachers, each for a total of $200 for ideas/projects that support literacy in your child's classroom. Teachers may collaborate together to create a proposal worth $400. Teachers are already submitting grant proposals!
Read-a-thon: October 12th, we'll be holding an NES read-a-thon. Retired librarian Cathy Kidder has graciously agreed to come back and help our new librarian Laurie Storm facilitate this. We need to raise $2000 to support having Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (a Vermont writer) here in the winter.
Writer in Residence: Leland Kinsey: Poet: 3 Days in November and December. These dates are November 27th, 28th and 29th. An evening poetry share will be on Monday, December 3rd at 6 PM. Mr. Kinsey will work with grades 1, 2, 3, and 6. He comes for 3 days, the first of which is a presentation to the entire group (grades listed above). Then, after the presentation, he'll visit each of the 4 classrooms 3 times, during 3 consecutive days, for an hour each visit. Students will write poems. Following his 3 days, we'll have an evening program where he has students read selected poems (he'll choose about 15 total from the group of 4 classes from varying grades).
Pre-Holiday Book Give-away: We are hoping to combine an Open Microphone Evening with a book- give-away in December, before school lets out for the holiday. You can assist your child in choosing 2 new books this evening, too. Date of event and more info on this to come.
School and Town Library Book Give-Aways: We will receive $1000 worth of new books for our school library! Tenney Memorial Library will also receive $1000 worth of new books! We'll host this exciting event in January.
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock: Natalie will be doing the “Story Keepers” program with our 4th and 5th grade classes this Jan/Feb. Dates and times will be announced. She will do 10 sessions with these two classes. Students will be writing stories using their families' stories and histories as inspiration.
Visiting Vermont Author/Illustrator: Jim Arnosky : We'll have our local writer/illustrator Jim Arnoskyvisit our school for an author/illustrator presentation for the entire student body. He will also do a special program for our kindergarteners. Dates is to be decided... Probably April or May.
Final Book Give-Aways: We are thinking April Parent Conference night/day (April 11/12). Parents can be involved in the choosing of books.
We are so looking forward to having you join us in celebrating “The Year of the Book” at NES. We'll do our best to keep you informed of upcoming events via the NES Website and the Friday Flash. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
With great anticipation,