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Principal to Principal - Presented by Scholastic Book Fairs, Your Literacy Partner
Fall 2009  

    In This Issue:
  Copy-and-Share Tips, Tools, and Reproducibles
  A Family Engagement Solution
  It Was a Record Summer for Reading
  Webcasts Offer Interactive, Virtual Learning

  Copy-and-Share Resources

Principal to Principal, written by and for principals, is your source for tips, ideas, and resources about reading... all yours to use for free! We invite you to copy and share these articles in your own school newsletters.

For Elementary School Parents:

Tips for Encouraging Early Literacy
Help your child retain what he reads – a crucial skill, especially as he gets older and needs to glean important information from textbooks.

5 Ways to Raise a Reader
All parents want their children to be successful in school and throughout life. You can start by making reading part of your child's life.

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Turn the family car trip into an exciting schoolroom on wheels.

For Middle School Parents:

Ways to Connect With Your Advanced Reader
Most of today's teenagers are savvy; however, parents often overlook the use of computers as a tool for struggling or unmotivated readers.

8 Home Reference Materials Your Middle Schooler Needs
Help your child tackle his homework with print, CD-Rom, or online versions of these essential tools and resources.

 A Unique Family Engagement Solution

Scholastic Read and Rise
When families are involved at school, students achieve more and schools thrive. Scholastic's Read and Rise® program offers the perfect family engagement solution... just ask E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, which hosted a Read and Rise Book Fair last month.

The event kicked-off with a Scholastic Book Fair, followed by a research-based Family Fun Time workshop where families learned how to help their children become strong readers and learners. Afterward, families created their own books together during a build-a-book make-and-take activity. Plus, every student received a $5.00 Reading Certificate to pick out their own book at the Fair thanks to Title 1 funding and the generosity of local business sponsors.

"Families got information and there was a hands-on component. There was some modeling done. There was a take-away. There was excitement, and it ended with the Book Fair, where everyone got to walk away with books," said Principal Patricia Crain de Galarce.

"It was an event that had the capacity to cut across income levels," adds Eleanore Simms, Parent Coordinator. "It got parents and kids excited about reading. And it got them excited about doing it together."

Download this flyer to learn more about Read and Rise.

Increase family involvement at your school. Learn how Read and Rise can help!

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It Was a Record Summer for Reading!
Read for the World Record
More than 8,000 schools participated in the Scholastic Book Fairs Read for the World Record summer challenge, logging a total of 35,846,094 reading minutes.

The top-20 schools across the country that logged the most reading minutes during the summer-long challenge earned a listing in the 2010 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records. Students at Sunset Palms Elementary in Boynton Beach, Fla., took the top spot, logging an astonishing 683,057 reading minutes.

"Read for the World Record encouraged students to keep reading over the summer by giving them a fun incentive to compete against other schools across the country," said Alan Boyko, president of Scholastic Book Fairs.

See which schools set a record for summer reading.


Save the Dates: Webcasts Offer Virtual Learning Adventures
Save the date for two webcasts on two great reads!
Join Scholastic for two live webcast events that deliver original, engaging, and interactive content directly into classrooms.

Get Goosebumps! with R.L. Stine
October 28, 2009 1:00 p.m. EST – Best-selling author R.L. Stine will weave a spine-tingling story on the spot with YOUR students' help. Students can submit their ideas for a thrills-and-chills story in advance. Plus, a tie-in writing contest will see one lucky student and school win a Goosebumps prize package. Learn More

The 39 Clues: Advanced Agent Training
November 2, 2009 1:30 p.m. EST – Whoopi Goldberg hosts this live cast with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson (a.k.a. Judy Blundell), and Patrick Carman – the first five authors of this groundbreaking, multi-platform series – as they help students uncover the secrets of being an agent using critical thinking, research, deductive reasoning, geography, history and math. Learn More


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