Dear Thomaston Center School Families,
We at Center School are delighted to share the news that we will be embarking on a special initiative this year, an all-school book project called One School, One Book. All members of the Thomaston Center School community, including students and staff, will receive a copy of the same book to read and discuss together. There will be special activities in school and at home associated with this book project.
At an assembly this afternoon, we all received a copy of our first book, Wonder, by RJ Palacio. At the assembly, we discussed the importance of reading and explained the program. Along with the novel, students received a reading schedule so they can keep up at home. Typically, families are asked to read together about fifteen minutes per night.
We ask that you take some time out to read together as a family. Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader and it helps demonstrate to children that reading is an important and worthwhile activity. We have selected this book because of its engaging plot and important theme. This novel can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older readers.
In school, your child will be invited to answer a daily trivia question to encourage and reward active listening. Students were also given a list of chapters and dates for reading. Please click on this link for a copy of this: Wonder Reading Schedule You will soon find your child taking pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussions. You will want to be sure your family keeps up so your child can be included! Throughout the months ahead, everyone will be talking about Wonder!
The One School, One Book project, Reading is at the Center of our Community was developed by several staff members and is generously funded by a grant from the Community Foundation. Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, we will share information and activity ideas about this exciting literacy initiative. It is our hope that this will help us build an even stronger community of readers and thinkers at Thomaston Center School.
As always, we are grateful for your support and interest in your child’s education.
Thomaston Center School