A very popular aspect of the Literacy Celebration is the Read-a-thon, which starts on Friday, February 7. From this website you can download the Read-a-thon log sheet. Students use the log sheet to keep track of the minutes they read from February 7 to February 27. Please total the minutes read and turn in the log sheet on Friday, February 28. Students receive raffle tickets for the number of minutes they read (details are on the Read-a-thon log sheet). Let's show how much Dragons love to read!
Also during the Literacy Celebration all students are voting on the nominees for the California Young Reader Medal. If you'd like to see the specific titles on which students are voting, visit the CYRM page of this site. In addition, students in grades 4 and 5 have the chance to read and then vote on the chapter books nominated for the CYRM. The nominees in that category are The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Losers Club, by Andrew Clements; and The Detective's Assistant, by Kate Hannigan. Any 4th- or 5th-grade student who reads all three will be invited to a voting "pizza party" in March.
Many students are also preparing for the upcoming Super Literacy Quiz Bowl games. There's a lot of information about the SLQB right here on this website. Registration is now closed, and a remarkable 82 students are playing! Good luck and bravo (or brava!) to all the SLQB participants.
For our younger Dragons, I'm pleased to announce the second annual Night at the Library, which will be on Wednesday, February 26. Parents and students in TK, K, 1st, and 2nd grade are invited to come in their PJs to Pennekamp's library after dark. We'll hear and read picture books and do a variety of fun things. This year the event is timed as follows: from 4:30 to 6:00 is for TK and kindergarten students and their parents; 6:30 to 8:00 is for 1st- and 2nd-grade students and their parents. All students must be accompanied by a parent.
The Literacy Celebration is supported by the Pennekamp PTA. I am very proud and happy to be at a school that values books, reading, and all types of information literacy. I hope you enjoy the Literacy Celebration and that reading is always a shared pleasure for you and your family.