Adventures of a South Pole Pig

Starting January 14, 2019 our school will be embarking on a special project; an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every child will receive a copy of the same book – Chris Kurtz’s The Adventures of a South Pole Pig - and be asked to read it at home over the next month (see enclosed bookmark for the reading schedule.) We are personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.

Your child has received his/her copy of The Adventures of a South Pole Pig at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. Included in the book is a special bookmark with a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home. Generally you will be asked to read 1-2 chapters per night – about 15-20 minutes per night. Additionally, Grimshaw will have their own youtube page where various staff members have volunteered to read for each of the assigned reading days. To access this youtube page go to the school homepage ( and click on the link .

With the 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 can all reap the many benefits.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included.

Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The Adventures of a South Pole Pig! Reading professionals recommend reading 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 and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.

A huge thank you to GAPS for funding the project and all the families who support GAPS. Please thank the other groups that have sponsored our activities throughout the program.

Good luck!