Welcome to our annual celebration of reading, the YISS 2017 Elementary School Read-A-Thon. Read-A-Thon is organized as a joint effort between the PTO and 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 "Camp Out with a Good Book" and will begin on "Monday, February 13 and end on Sunday, March 5.

We want to encourage our children to read joyfully. All the events for this year’s Read-A-Thon circle around the theme, and of course the competition for prizes will be highlighted as well. This year, we will remain focused on growing readers in as many ways as we can. We will continue to carry on some of our RAT traditions and enjoy some new fun as well! And yes... If the elementary school students can collectively read a total of 765,432 minutes Mrs. Willetts, Ms. Falkner and Mrs. Roll have agreed to a pie throw at the Wrap-Up Assembly!

DEAR Time: 20 minutes of Every School Day has been dedicated as Drop Everything and Read (DEAR). DEAR time is for everyone to read, both adults and students in the school community. These 20 minutes count towards your reading log. We have included a column with the DEAR minutes for your convenience. Please add 20 DEAR minutes and “Minutes Read” to calculate daily totals in your child’s Reading Log (Refer to Reading Log).

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. Students being read to by another individual

    4. Listening to an Audio book 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, newspaper, magazines, books, articles, poetry, graphic novels, etc.

    6. Reading RAZ kids books online at home

The following do not count as reading:

    1. Watching video version of a story

    2. Reading textbook for homework purposes or reading textbook in class.


A. Level 1 -

Requirement: hand in at least 1 reading log

i. Participation Prize

B. Level 2 -


Grade K read minimum of 600 minutes

Grades 1 -2read minimum of 700 minutes

Grades 3-5read minimum of 800 minutes

i . Prize for reaching Level 2

ii . Chance to be pie throwers, if ES can meet the school wide goal minutes of 765,432 minutes

C. Level 3 -


Grade K read 1300+ minutes

Grade 1-2 read 1600+ minutes

Grades 3-5 read 2400+ minutes

i. Prize for reaching Level 3

ii. Chance to win Raffle prizes

iii. Chance to be pie throwers, if ES can meet the school wide goal minutes of 765,432.

iv. Chance to win Principal for a day, 2 Assistant Principals for a day, and Librarian for a day.

D. Class Party

One class per grade with the highest average of minutes per student read – Pizza/ice cream party of choice

Main Events

  • Kick-off Assembly - Friday, February 10 in Auditorium

  • “How I Camp Out with a good Book!” - Monday, February 13 - Friday, March 3

    • All students and staff will be invited to submit a picture of themselves “Camping Out with a Good Book”. Pictures must be printed up and dropped off in the elementary office. Students may drop their entry off anytime between Feb. 13th and March 3rd. These pictures will be displayed outside the ES office and those individuals (students and staff) who submitted the best pictures will be awarded with a voucher for our Spring book fair in April.

  • Campfire Stories - Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24

    • Everyone will have the opportunity to come and hear campfire stories.

  • Pajama & Pancake Day and Snuggle Up with your favorite book - Friday, March 3

    • All students, teachers, and administrative staff are invited to come to school dressed in their PJs and enjoy a pancake lunch. Students are encouraged to bring in a favorite book along with a pillow, a stuffed animal, and a blanket with which they can “Snuggle Up and Read.”

  • Wrap-Up/Celebration Assembly - Friday, March 17

    • All students, teachers, and administrators will celebrate the end of Read-A-Thon and if the Elementary School collectively reads 765,432 minutes, Mrs. Willetts, Mrs. Roll and Ms. Falkner have agreed to the 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 2017 Chairs, Soyeon Kim & Christine Yoo, at yiss.readathon@gmail.com.