Welcome to the YISS 2020 Elementary School Read-A-Thon. Read-A-Thon is our annual celebration of reading organized as a joint effort between the PTO and ES administrators at YISS. Our goal is to develop a lifelong love of learning and promote the enjoyment of reading through a variety of fun and educational activities. The theme this year is "Choose Your Own ADVENTURE." Read-A-Thon will begin on Monday, February 17 and will end on Friday, March 6.

We want to encourage our children to read joyfully. All of the events during this year's Read-A-Thon circle around the theme and prizes are awarded to all participants. We want to encourage students to grow as readers in as many ways as we can. We will continue to carry on some of our RAT traditions and enjoy some new ones as well! And if the elementary school students can collectively read a total of 772,020 minutes, Mr. Marshall, Ms. Falkner and Mr. Benedict have agreed to a pie throw at the Wrap-Up Assembly!

What counts as reading?

The following can be counted as reading and can be recorded in reading logs:

  1. Silent reading by students
  2. Reading aloud by students
  3. Students being read to by another individual
  4. Listening to an audiobook if the student is also reading a copy of the book along with the audio
  5. Reading any type of text and any genre if in balance (reading a variety of different types of texts): Comics, newspapers, magazines, books, articles, poetry, graphic novels, etc.

The following do not count as reading:

  1. Watching video versions of a story
  2. Reading a textbook for homework purposes or reading a textbook in class


Level 1 Requirement:

  • Hand in at least 1 reading log
    • Participation Prize

Level 2 Requirements:

  • Kindergarteners must read 600+ minutes
  • 1st-2nd graders must read 700+ minutes
  • 3rd-5th graders must read 800+ minutes
    • Prize for reaching Level 2
    • Chance to be pie throwers, if ES can meet the school-wide goal of 772,020 minutes

Level 3 Requirements:

  • Kindergarteners must read 1300+ minutes
  • 1st-2nd graders must read 1600+ minutes
  • 3rd-5th graders must read 2400+ minutes
    • Prize for reaching Level 3
    • Chance to win raffle prizes
    • Chance to be pie throwers, if ES can meet the school-wide goal of 772,020 minutes
    • Chance to be chosen as Principal for a Day, Assistant Principals for a Day (2), or Librarian for a Day

Class Party

  • One class per grade with the highest average of minutes read per student
    • Choice of pizza or ice cream party

Main Events

  • Kick-off Assembly – Monday, February 17 in the Auditorium
  • "Dress Like a Jungle Animal" - Monday, February 17
  • Author Visit: Marissa Moss - Friday, February 21
  • Pajama & Pancake Day - Friday, March 6
  • "I Chose An Adventure" Photo Competition Submission Due - Friday, March 6
  • Wrap-Up Assembly - Friday, March 20

"Dress like a Jungle Animal" Dress Down Day – Monday, February 17

  • In honor of our Read-A-Thon theme "Choose Your Own ADVENTURE" everyone is encouraged to dress in their best jungle animal outfits.

Pajama & Pancake Day – Friday, March 6

  • All students, teachers, and administrative staff are invited to come to school dressed in their pajamas and enjoy a pancake lunch. Students are encouraged to bring a favorite book along with a pillow, a stuffed animal, and a blanket.

Wrap-Up/Celebration Assembly – Friday, March 20

  • All students, teachers, and administrators will celebrate the end of Read-A-Thon, and if the Elementary School collectively reads 772,020 minutes, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Carpenter, and Mr. Benedict have agreed to a pie throw at the Wrap-Up Assembly. In addition, names will be drawn for prizes.

Thank you in advance for your participation and for helping celebrate the joy of reading.

For any questions, please contact Elementary Read-A-Thon 2020 Chairs, Christine Lee & Christine Yoo at esparents.pto@gmail.com.

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