Family Reading Night 2017

Lasso a Great Book

Round up your family and ride on over to Evangelical School’s Family Reading Night on Thursday, Nov. 2nd.  Join us as we celebrate reading western style.  The night begins with registration in the atrium. Next, head to the gym where our Drama Llamas with entertain us with a western Readers’ Theater.  Also on hand will be Mrs. Becky Long, our former kindergarten teacher.  She will be sharing western stories with us.  Crafts, storytelling, songs, cowboy yoga, photo opportunities, and refreshments will round out the night.  Please make plans to join us.  A reservation form is available on the school website.

All School and Church Service Project

  One of the many unfortunate results of the recent hurricane in Texas has been the loss of books in school classrooms and libraries.  As an all school and church service project, we have been partnered with Thomas Horace Rogers School in Houston, Texas. This school was terribly impacted by the hurricane.  We can use our Discipline with Purpose skills of sharing and sacrificing to help replace needed books at this school.  At the Book Fair, our All For Books monetary donations will be used to purchase books for the school.   Please consider helping us in this cause.

 

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Evangelical Book Fair continues through Thursday.  Saddle up and head on over.  There are lots of great books and educational products to round up.  If you can not make it to the Fair, you will find an expanded selection of books available online at scholastic.com/fair.  Items ordered online will be shipped to the school for free.  You may shop for all ages, from preschool to adult.  Our online Fair continues through November 13th.

100_0021      I am delighted to be the Evangelical School librarian.  This is my seventeenth year in this position.  I have previously been a classroom teacher- teaching fourth grade in Lockport, Illinois,and third grade here at Evangelical School.  My son, David, attended Evangelical School from kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

floral library     The Evangelical Library serves all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade visit the library once a week for a thirty minute period. At the library, students are presented a library lesson. The lesson may be on an age-appropriate book, an author study, or a library skill. New this year will be literature connected to S.T.E.A.M. activities.   The last ten minutes of library is reserved for students to select and check out books. Students are not charged for overdue books, but there is a charge for damaged or lost books.

Students in fourth and fifth grades can participate in voting for the state of Illinois’ Bluestem Book Award. A student must read or hear four of the twenty nominees to be eligible to vote. Voting takes place in late February. The twenty nominees are available for students to check out from the library. Each classroom also has a set of the nominees.

Book orders are sent home once a month beginning in August. This is a wonderful way to purchase age- appropriate books at a reasonable cost to add to your child’s home library. The school benefits from the sale of these books.

Book Fairs are held in the fall and spring. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome to visit the Fair at designated times with an adult. The school also benefits from the sale of books at the Book Fair.

Family Reading Night takes place each year in the fall. This is a night to recognize the importance of reading by celebrating with our school families. The night encourages families to spend quality time reading together.

Family Reading Night serves as a kick-off for our Young Authors’ Program. Students are highly encouraged to participate. Information on this very worthwhile learning experience will be sent home in November.

Kindergarten through six grade students participate in the following programs during the school year: Book-It, sponsored by Pizza Hut; Raging  A’s Days, sponsored by Raging Rivers Water Park; and Read to Succeed, sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks.

Students in middle school visit the library for a half an hour each week . Students spend time on  activities that correlate with the lessons of classroom teachers. Reading for pleasure is also stressed. Students are given time to read for enjoyment and to share books with fellow students.

Students in grades six through eight are able to participate in voting for the state of Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award. A student must read or hear three of the twenty nominees to be eligible to vote in February. The nominees are available for check out from the library. Each classroom also has a set of the nominees.

Book orders are sent home once a month. This is a wonderful way to purchase age-appropriate books for a student to add to his home library. The school benefits from the sale of these books.

Book Fairs are held in the spring and fall. Middle school students may visit the Book Fair on their own at designated times. The school also benefits from the sale of books at the Book Fair.

Teen Read Night takes place in October. This is a night for middle school students to celebrate reading by engaging in enjoyable activities with fellow students.

Evangelical School’s Young Authors’ Program kicks off in November. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this very worthwhile learning experience.

Sixth grade students may participate in the following programs during the school year: Book-It, sponsored by Pizza Hut; Raging Readers, sponsored by Raging Rivers Water Park; and Read to Succeed, sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks.

“Reading is a gift that provides endless enjoyment and sets readers on a path of lifelong learning.” Jesse White, Illinois State Librarian