During the month of March we will celebrate our love of reading at LPA Elementary through a variety of activities organized by Mrs. Vareberg, our school librarian. We will kick things off on March 4th with Read Across America Day. We will have guest readers in each classroom from the community and school sharing their love of reading. We will celebrate different Dr. Seuss books throughout the month with dress up days for students and staff. We’ll end the month with another celebration, playing Reading Rocks Bingo together as an elementary.
We encourage you to take time during the month to celebrate reading together as a family. Reading at home has the single largest impact on your student’s success in school compared to other homework. Students who read at home for 20 minutes each night are exposed to 1.8 million words per year and score 90% higher than their peers when determining reading levels. Students who average less than 5 minutes each night of reading are exposed to 282,000 words per year, and students reading an average of 1 minute per night are only exposed to 8,000 words per year. In other words, it would take a student who reads an average of 1 minute a night 1 full year to be exposed to the same amount of words a student reading 20 minutes a night sees in 2 days!
Our tradition of community support continued with the involvement you each showed during parent teacher conferences. Out of the 390 student’s families, we were able to connect with 375, or 96%! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to connect with our teachers. See page two for another opportunity to bring the family to school for a LPA Family Literacy Night on March 29th.
Craig Bahr, Elementary Principal