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THANK YOU to all students and parents for making Read-a-thon a huge success.  We hope you enjoyed this past month of reading.  Our Wrap-Up assembly is on Wednesday, March 13 at 8:10AM in the 3rd floor cafeteria.

A total of 723,056 minutes read
Students who fall into the Most Minutes read category:
Students who fall into the Minimum Minutes read category: 177
Students who will receive a participation prize: 40

Class Winners: KA, 1C, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5B

Welcome to our annual celebration of reading, the YISS 2013 Read-A-Thon. 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 “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – “Books Are The Golden Ticket” and will begin on Monday, February 4th and end on Sunday, February 24th.

Reading is a golden ticket to adventure and fantasy, mystery and suspense, knowledge and
enjoyment.  We want to encourage our children to read as if they are in search of the golden tickets within the pages of books instead of chocolate bars.  All the events for this year’s Read-A-Thon circle around this theme, and of course the competition for prizes will be highlighted as well.

The main change from last year’s Read-A-Thon is that we have eliminated the fundraising component.  Instead, we want to focus on the reading itself and establish a school wide goal for minutes read.  

If the Elementary School students can collectively read a total of 700,000 minutes, Mr. Lazor and Mr. Garman have agreed to shave their heads at the Wrap-Up Assembly.

Student Packets

Student Packets will be sent home no later than February 1.  Included in the packets you will find:
  1. Parent Letter
  2. Calendar of events
  3. Three Reading logs - one for each week
  4. A Willy Wonka candy bar BOOKMARK - students should fill in the bookmarks to help keep track of their reading time.  When it's completely filled in they can hand it in to their teacher and get a new one.

What counts as reading?

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

  1. Silent reading by student
  2. Reading aloud by student 
  3. Student being read to by another individual
  4. Listening to an audio book while the student follows the print (Kindergarten and Grade 1)

The following do not count as reading:                      

  1. Listening to an Audio book without following the print
  2. Watching  video version of a story
  3. Reading textbook for homework purposes or reading textbook in class.


This year’s Read-A-Thon will award prizes from the following categories:

  1. Most minutes read – 48 prizes awarded by in total
  • —Prizes will be awarded by drawing names of students who meet the following criteria:
  • Grade Minutes Read Number of Drawings 
    Kindergarten  700+ 6
    1-2 1500 – 3000+ 10
    3-5 3000 – 4999 10
    3-5 5000+ 15
    • —3 names will be drawn from a pool of all students meeting the above criteria to win:
      • —Samsung Galaxy Tab
      • Samsung digital camera with wifi
      • Xbox Kinect + 3 games
2. Most minutes read – One class per grade (Pizza or ice cream party)
3. 4 names will be drawn out of all RAT participants to win a chance to be
    • —Principal for a day
    • —Assistant Principal for a day (2)
    • —Librarian for a day
4. Minimum minutes read
    • Grade K – read minimum of 150 minutes
    • Grades 1 -2 – read minimum of 400 minutes
    • Grades 3-5 – read minimum of 600 minutes
5. Participation prize (submit at least 1 reading log)

Main Events

  • Kick-off Assembly - Monday, February 4, 8:10 AM in 3rd Floor Cafeteria
  • Pajama & Pancake Day and Snuggle Up with your favorite book
    All students, teachers, administrative staff and parent volunteers are invited to come to school dressed in their PJs and enjoy a pancake lunch on Wednesday, February 6th. You are welcome to “Snuggle Up and Read” your favorite book that day.
  • Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Time
    As an incentive to read, for the duration of Read-A-Thon, we are dedicating 20 minutes every day after lunch recess to Drop Everything and Read (DEAR). DEAR time is for everyone to read, adults and students in the school community. You can read anything you wish to; books, magazines, comic books, non-fiction, newspapers, etc. These 20 minutes can count towards your reading log.
  • Caught You Reading
    On Wednesdays during Read-A-Thon, PTO volunteers will go around with a camera to catch students reading. Students who are “Caught Reading” on camera will find themselves featured on the “Readers Wall Of Fame”!
  • Mystery Readers - Wednesday, February 20
    All we can say is that it will be mysterious!
  • Wrap-Up Assembly - To be confirmed but sometime after March 6.
    Once all the logs are collected and the minutes tallied, winners will be drawn and announced.  If ES collectively read 700,000 minutes, Mr. Lazor and Mr. Garman will shave their heads!
Thank you in advance for your participation and for helping celebrate the joy of reading.