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Reading Week (February 27 - March 2, 2017)
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It offers a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
On Friday, February 24, all students will have the opportunity to visit the fair and preview available books. Each scholar will make his or her book "wish list" and bring it home for review. On Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, students may visit the fair during assigned class schedules to purchase books. Students who come to school with money on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2, may purchase books during limited hours during the school day. Parents, grandparents and friends also may attend the sale between 3 PM and 5:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. All purchases made during the Book Fair benefit our school!
Parents who are interested in volunteering to help with this event should sign up here.
Even if you can work only part of a shift, please consider helping out!
In honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we will celebrate at West with the following activities:
Monday, February 27 — T-Shirt Day (Wear a shirt you can read.)
Tuesday, February 28 — Dr. Seuss Day! (Wear wacky socks, dress like a twin, wear a hat, wear green.)
Wednesday, March 1 — Book Character Day (Dress as your favorite book character. Make sure to bring the book with you to school!)
Thursday, March 2 — Pajama Day (Be comfy and wear your favorite PJs.)
Drop Everything and Read
From Monday, February 27 through Thursday, March 2, West students will Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for a collective 19,500 minutes by setting aside an additional 15 minutes for reading each day! Students will be given Reading Records to keep track of their efforts, and schoolwide reading totals will be tracked by each classroom. While this Read-a-thon is mostly about reading, it also is a fundraiser for much-needed books and technology enhancements in our school library. During the week, students will seek pledges from family and friends for every minute that they read. For example, if you donate 15 cents for each classroom minute your student reads and multiply this by the four days of DEAR, then your overall donation will be $9 for your student for the week. We welcome pledges of any amount!
Pledges may be made online or by cash or check. (The latter should be returned to school in the collection envelopes provided to each student.) All pledges are due March 2. The class with the greatest number of pledges will receive a pizza party.
Family Reading Night
We will conclude our weeklong reading celebration on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. All West families are invited to join us for pancakes from IHOP and reading-related activities, including the end of our Book Fair. We are asking families / classes to donate fruit and other toppings for pancakes:
Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 — blueberries
Kindergarten and First Grade — strawberries
Second and Third grades — bananas
Fourth through Eighth grades — whipped cream or chocolate chips