Student Led Conferences are taking place this month and this is very exciting. The students have all prepared and will use this time to share with you, their parents, what they know and how they learn. It can be very powerful.
Upcoming Events shared by our District Curriculum Specialists
Mo Willems, acclaimed children’s author, illustrator, and recipient of three Caldecott Honor awards, recently participated in NPR’s “On Point” (45 minute podcast). Please join Mo as he discusses Knuffle Bunny, Nanette’s Baguette, and finding empathy in today’s world. In a separate interview, Mo Willems shares his insights regarding how he teaches young readers to confront problems and be resilient in this New Yorker article, Mo Willems’ “Funny Failures”. (February 6, 2017 edition).
Tuesday, March 14th is Pi Day: We recently celebrated Literacy Week and Dr.
Suess’ birthday and had so many wonderful events to celebrate our love of reading. Consider celebrating Pi Day (also Albert Einstein’s birthday) with some math games
Pi Day folder. Maybe even a DrEAM (Drop Everything And Math) Day. Please send pictures or activities you try if you celebrate the day with your students.
March 12-18, 2017 is Question Week. Warren Berger (author of A More Beautiful
Question), in partnership with the Right Question Institute and a number of other
leading organizations focused on questioning, is sponsoring the fourth annual
QUESTION WEEK, running from March 12 to March 18 (with a special nod to master
questioner Albert Einstein’s birthday on Tuesday, March 14). Question Week is
designed to raise awareness of the power and value of questioning. Visit QuestionWeek.com for more details
Friday, March 17, 2017 5:30 p.m & 6:30 p.m. Habitat Earth, a Fulldome Film
featuring Betsey Brewer, will be held at Framingham State University’s Planetarium. Habitat Earth will leave you with a deeper appreciation of our interconnected
ecosystems and the diverse life forms that populate them. Following the film,
Betsey Brewer, Executive Director of education, conservation, and research
programs at Southwick’s Zoo as well as Executive Director of Earth, Ltd., a
non-profit center that works with local and global communities to promote
environmental education, will present her unique perspective on the film’s messages.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 Acton Historical Society presents “A Mid-March Evening
of Mystery” with Dr. Edith Maxwell, acclaimed author of Delivering the Trust: A
Now - June 8, 2017: The MFA has a special exhibit, Make Way for Ducklings:
The Art of Robert McCloskey, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved children’s book set in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941). This exhibition tracks
the career of the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey (1914–2003). The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a
major force in 20th-century picture book art, and “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art
of Robert McCloskey” provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to enter the
author’s delightful world.
April 1, 2017 Science on Saturday at MIT - How the Internet Works This Science
on Saturday event on the MIT campus is free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. For maps of the event
and parking garage locations, please see: http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/science-saturday. Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium,
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
April 9 - 15, 2017 National Library Week: Communities nationwide will celebrate
the contributions of libraries and library workers during ALA’s National Library Week. Libraries and library workers transform lives every day through education and
lifelong learning. The ALA’s Public Awareness Office is offering resources to
assist in promoting the theme of “Libraries Transform” in honor of this annual
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. The Discovery Museums
Speaker Series presents Ron Fournier:, Love that Boy: What Two Presidents,
Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations will be
held at The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave #200, West Acton, MA.
This event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. A wait list is expected.
Ron will sign copies of his book, Love That Boy, following the presentation.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Earth Day and March for Science The Earth Day focus
for 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Participate in the worldwide
movement of teach-ins and marches celebrating our planet and science. The link
above has educational resources.
May 1 - 7, 2017 The Children’s Book Council (CBC) will celebrate Children’s
Book Week’s 98th Anniversary! Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of
books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year,
events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever
young readers and books connect!
Literacy Resources for Families, shared by Sharon Ryan the AB District Literacy Coordinator
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Child Development Pamphlet Series: Kindergarteners - Northeast Foundation for Children
Children’s Book Review (20 Literacy website suggestions)
Colorin Colorado (family section)
Literacy Links (ABRSD Website)
Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide (Lucy Calkins)
World Read Aloud Day - February 16, 2017