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Monday, April 16, 2012

Dream It...Do It...READ!

Happy Reading Week!!!

It was a week full of fun here at Ashaway Elementary School!  On Monday Mrs. Bartkiewitz kicked off Reading Week by greeting the students at the front door with helium balloons!  Then at lunch, she and I read aloud and performed the book When I'm Big by Nila Aye and Tim Drury.  In the book, Mo and Joe imagine all the different things they might do when they grow up.  The students then went back to their classrooms and wrote about their own dreams of what they might be someday.  Then the teachers hung up their work in the hallway for all to enjoy!

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On Tuesday our fabulous PTO once again sponsored our Pop and Swap.  All the students who "popped" in got to select some books from the many donations we received.  They also received a scratch-and-sniff bookmark (popcorn scented of course), a cup of popcorn and a Popsicle!

Selecting books at the Pop and Swap

On Wednesday we had our Family Read-In featuring a poetry share and singing performances.  Students from each grade recited poetry on the stage, and then grades 1-4 sang songs that they learned in music class with Mrs. Sherman.  I especially liked first grade's song, "Let's Go to the Library"!

On Thursday we were visited by author/illustrator Leslie Tryon. Her books featuring a duck named Albert were a big hit at Ashaway School!

Author/Illustrator Leslie Tryon

On Friday the PTO gave a brand new book to every child in the school.  Students also submitted their own acrostics for our poetry contest.  The winning entries were hung up in the school foyer!

Mrs. Bartkiewitz hands out brand-new books courtesy of our PTO!
Here is a sample acrostic poem written by fourth grader Matt Power:

          Read every page!
          Every book makes you smarter
          Artistic design for people wanting to read more!
          Dream about reading, read, read, read!
          I love Big Nate books
          Never put down a book
          Give a book to a friend, they will love it!

          Who wouldn't read?
          Extra reading makes you even smarter!
          Every book is awesome
          King Kong even reads!
It was a truly wonderful week of celebrating books and the joy of reading!  To see LOTS more pictures and examples of student work, please visit our school picture gallery at!

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