To celebrate this year's PARP theme, "The Reading Connection: The Readers, The Dreamers, and Me," and our One School/One Book selection "Dear Dragon," students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in our February Pen Pal activity.
Students from different Garden City schools will be matched according to grade and will send a written letter to their Pen Pal in the mail. This activity is completely optional (but we hope you will opt in!) and letter templates will be provided.
If you registered to participate in PARP's GC Pen Pals, please be sure to check the emails you registered with to receive your Pen Pal's name and information! See below for a Letter Template. Please be sure to send your letters out by February 28th! Have fun connecting with new friends!,
SCHEDULE FOR PEN PAL ASSIGNMENTS: (Check your registered emails)
Someday, we’ll find it…
“The Reading Connection:
The Readers, The Dreamers, and Me”
The Garden City PTA is delighted to announce that our popular reading program PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) will begin the week of November 9th! This year’s theme, “The Reading Connection: The Readers, The Dreamers, and Me,” is all about CONNECTIVITY and the many ways that reading and literacy connect people over physical distance and lived differences. While the goal of PARP remains the same: to foster a lifelong love of reading in students in grades K-5, the program will differ in two major ways this year:
Our PARP committee has reimagined favorite events, including author visits, Elementary Movie Day, Pajama Literacy Night, extension activities, and more to be done at home, during the students’ own time,
November’s PARP activities include a “Door Decor” coloring sheet that we invite all students to decorate and hang on their front doors in celebration of PARP, a Flip Grid kick-off activity, and a Zoom reading with Tara McCarton and Allison Lageaux, author and illustrator of “The Wish” on November 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. Please check your email for registration information.
PARP will conclude in May with our time-honored tradition of tracking reading minutes and encouraging a little friendly competition among classes in each grade level. We look forward to an enriching yearlong program that focuses on making reading fun while also providing a strong sense of community and a little dose of normalcy. Happy reading, Garden City!
If you’re interested in volunteering on this year’s PARP Committee, please contact Erin Debrich and Colleen Ciullo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to @joshfunkbooks for a laugh-filled night of appreciation for Dear Dragon, writing, reading and unique pet cats. PARP was so glad we could have you “visit”! Take a read of Josh’s other great books!
This month, all classroom and cohort teachers will read our One School, One Book selection, “Dear Dragon,” by Josh Funk to their classes. After listening to the story, students are encouraged to participate in our “Dear Dragon” discussion on Flip Grid and have fun recording their responses to the text. Click here for Flip Grid link.
Many thanks to Ms. Barbara, Ms. Donna and Ms. Kristen for their time and expertise in sharing new books and library resources with our PARP GCPL Nights! Check out our great public library!
Many thanks to GC’s own Angela de Caprariis-Salerno, author of "Peter and the Blitz" for a great virtual read aloud this past Wednesday evening as PARP continues!
“Peter and the Blitz” is a historical fiction novel set in England during World War II. The book explores the struggles of a teenage boy during the Nazi bombardment of his country. Praised as “meticulously correct” with historic detail, older students will connect with the way de Caprariis-Salerno “captures the spirit of the time and place in a way which is both engaging and appropriate.”
PARP’s 2020 kick-off event, a virtual read aloud with GC’s own, Tara McCarton took place on Thursday and it was a success! Over 140 Garden City families logged on to hear McCarton’s The Wish, and to ask both Tara, and GC illustrator, Allison Lagueux, about the book, its characters and pictures. To purchase a copy of The Wish, or to connect with Tara, feel free to do so on Facebook, or Instagram @taratkts. For Audrey's progress: http://www.audreymccarton.com. Many thanks to both Tara and Allison for a wonderful evening of celebrating reading!
PARP is a National PTA program designed to foster the love of reading. The primary goal of PARP is to promote childhood literacy by asking parents or caregivers to set aside time each day to read with their child. PARP encourages programs during the school year that supports reading and participation of children, caregivers, teachers, administrators, school staff and the community by reinforcing the pursuit of reading for enjoyment.
The committee works closely with building administrators and teachers in our K-5 schools. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
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