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One Book One School
 This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - and asked to read it at home over the month of April. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity. The books were generously purchased by our PTO.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff - will be participating, and we can all reap the many bene?ts.

Your child will receive his/her copy of The One and Only Ivan at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home, you will receive a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home. Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive, active listening and comprehension. You will soon ?nd that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The One and Only Ivan!

One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and engage older children.

Good luck!  I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about the mighty silverback gorilla, Ivan, and all his friends and acquaintances at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about. With your help, we can build a community of readers at our school. 

Attached is the reading schedule for The One and Only Ivan.   

WordMasters Challenge

Two students representing Harrison Street School recently received a perfect score in the second of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.


Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Elizabeth Malone and fifth grader Hayley O'Vell, earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet.  Nationally, only 26 fourth graders and 48 fifth graders achieved a perfect score.  Other students at Harrison Street School who achieved outstanding results in the second meet include Alyssa O'Vell and Nicholas Reich, each scoring 19.  The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Mrs. Katie Kennath.



The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.  

Swedish Days - Kids Brochure Cover
Geneva Chamber is looking for elementary age students to submit front cover designs for the Swedish Days kids brochure.  Please see the attached for more information.  

Use PushCoin for Lunch Account Purposes

Posted December 22, 2014

Parents of students at Geneva elementary schools now use PushCoin to fund/manage their students' lunch accounts. The link to PushCoin is available on the Parents page of the website (orange button at left).
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