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Traveling Through a Universe of Stories



Reading Celebration Outline 2019-20        Updated 8/27/19


Theme: Traveling Through a Universe of Stories


What’s Happening:


Reading Goals: The goal of the reading celebration committee is to encourage students to read.  The committee does not set the goals for you because one size does not fit all. Some students respond to “points”, AR, or other rewards.  Some students are turned off by point systems. Please customize your reading goals appropriately for your students. Students will receive a certificate for their reading efforts and a chance to win a gift. 

Certificates will be distributed every marking period to students who meet their reading goals.                                                                                                                

  • Names will be drawn every marking period for prizes: 1st: mini compass

  2nd: extra RIF book; 

                                                                                                                         3rd: book fair gift certificate;

  4th: Barnes and Nobles gift card


  • End of year prizes: Bikes (June drawing)

Reading Celebration Day each month ( second Thursday except for September and February)

  • Reading t-shirts

  • Drop Everything And Read - Time will be announced on Reading Celebration Days.  We also want you to know that many students requested more D.E.A.R. time. We would appreciate it if you could help us to make this happen.  

  • Middle School Readers (by request)


RIF … Book Distributions

Special Events / Activities (see dates below)

Black and Gold Bookshelves (near recycling bins across from cafe, and upstairs outside 4th grade rooms)

Book It (Oct. – March)


Reading Celebration Activities: Participation is expected, however flexibility among grade levels is encouraged.


Sept 12 - Reading Celebration Day: Introductory message sent out to staff to share with students; DEAR time; Wear a shirt that someone can read

Sept. 26  – Party for Summer Reading Challenge

Oct. 10 – Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; All day: presentations from the Dinoman. 

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Nov. 8 – Reading Goals due

Nov. 14 – Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; Wear new reading t-shirts, StarLab presentations TBA (sign up sheets will be in office on counter); color space pictures ( coloring sheets provided)

November 18 - 26th – South Seneca BookFest

Dec. 12– Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; wear reading t-shirts; make a Christmas card for Bixby Home 

Jan. 9 – Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time, wear reading t-shirts; create our solar system activity (activity directions, beads,  string and tag board provided)

Jan. 31 – Reading Goals due

Feb. 1 - World Read Aloud Day,

Feb. 13 – Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; wear reading t-shirts, Theme: Science Today;  Create an astronaut (student pictures provided). Google Slide presentation will be shared to present information about the 50th anniversary of the moon.  

Mar. 2 – Read Across America / Dr. Seuss’s Birthday;

Mar. 12 – Reading Celebration Day;DEAR time; wear reading t-shirts; Mars Rover Activity.  Google Slide presentation will be shared to present information about Mars Rovers.  Students will be able to create their own Mars Rover (STEM activity with supplies included)..

April 16 - Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; wear reading t-shirts, Design Challenge--students design a device that will help make the future better--graphic organizer and make model if time; Students get packet of seeds to plant at home. (Refer to google slides presentation for more details.)

Apr. 17 – Reading Goals due

May 14 – Reading Celebration Day: DEAR time; wear reading t-shirts; Time capsule letter writing/drawing and trinket activity. (Refer to google slides presentation for more details, links to worksheets are on slide.)

June 1-5 – Book Fair

June 8 – Reading Goals due

June 22 --  Dance Parties

June 23 – Summer Reading Kick Off; wear reading t-shirts

T-shirt letter

September 2019

Dear Parents and Families,


This year our reading theme is “Traveling Through a Universe of Stories” We will have many activities spread out over the course of the school year.  We also plan to raffle off several prizes during the course of the year to students who consistently meet the reading goals set by their teachers.


Once again, we want all students to have a t-shirt to celebrate this theme.  We will have designated days when everyone will wear their reading shirt and we will have special reading activities on those days.  Your child’s teacher may also ask the students to wear this shirt on field trip days to make it easier to see everyone that belongs together. 


We are ordering the t-shirts for everyone, and we are asking parents to contribute $5.00 towards the cost of the shirt.  In addition, if you feel you can sponsor the purchase of a shirt for someone who cannot afford it, your donation would be appreciated.


Please return the slip below with your $5 by Oct. 11th

     (If you need more time then we will still accept money for shirts after this date.)


Thank you very much for your support of your child’s independent reading!





                                    Mr. Rundell and the Reading Celebration Committee



 Student Name: ____________________________________


We have determined sizes by holding up examples to the students during library class. 


Teacher Name: ____________________________________

Amount Enclosed: __________ 

Please keep change for donation_______Please send home change__________

_____ At this time this cost is a hardship so my child needs to be sponsored.