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Principal to Principal - Presented by Scholastic Book Fairs, Your Literacy Partner
Spring 2010  

   In This Issue:
Principal Stunt Inspires 100,000 Reading Minutes
Brief Survey: We'd Like to Hear From You
Start the Summer-Reading Climb at Your School
Copy-and-Share Tips, Tools, and Reproducibles
Kids Make a Difference with Clifford's BIG Ideas

One Wacky Principal Stunt Inspires 100,000 Student Reading Minutes

Principal stuntWhen it comes to encouraging reading, Harmony Elementary School Principal Jeanne Smith will do just about anything to get kids to pick up a book. She's let students turn her into a human ice cream sundae and even impersonated pop-singer Hannah Montana – complete with singing, dancing and funky attire – all in the name of literacy.

Principal stuntSmith rose to new heights last November to celebrate 100,000 reading minutes tallied by students during the school's weeklong Scholastic Book Fair, climbing into the gondola of a tethered hot-air balloon and waving to throngs of cheering students through the fog.

"I've done some wacky things in my time," Smith says, "but the ice cream-sundae routine was probably the worst. Even though I wore my rain gear, I still needed students to hose off all the glop afterward."

Keep reading to find out what rouses Smith to such Book Fair zaniness!


 
 Brief Survey: We'd Like to Hear From You

EDUCATORS: Please help us understand the challenges you face at your schools, and share with us some of the programs and tactics you use to encourage reading, as well as your views on these important matters.

Please fill out this brief survey, and we?ll share the results with you when they become available!


 

 
 Turn the Summer-Reading Slide into a Climb

Summer Reading ChallengeScholastic, together with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the National Summer Learning Association, is challenging kids to Read for the World Record to keep students reading and learning all summer long. Launching April 30, the Scholastic Summer Challenge is a global summer reading program with a robust online community for kids, expert advice and summer book lists for parents, and free resources for librarians and educators, including:

Downloadable curriculum connections for our "Great Summer Reads," 45 award-winning kid-favorite books for grades 3–8
Parent reading tips, book talks, booklists, summer reading research, curriculum ideas, resources for Spanish-language speakers, and more
A live summer reading webcast with Christopher Paul Curtis, Gordon Korman, R.L. Stine, and Lisa Yee. These bestselling authors will go head-to-head with students across the country during a book trivia game show on April 30 at 1 p.m.(ET)/10 a.m.(PT)

Last summer, students read more than 35 million minutes?a number that schools will attempt to double this summer! We hope you and your students will join other schools across the country and Read for the World Record! This year?s challenge kicks off May 1.

 

  Copy-and-Share Resources

Principal to Principal is your source for tips, ideas, and resources about reading... all yours to use for free! You are welcome to copy and share these articles in your own school newsletters.

Top Ten Tips for Great Booktalks
Ten easy tips for parents and educators to help encourage even the most reluctant readers.

Bridging the Home-School Connection
Children benefit tremendously when you help them bridge their two most important worlds.

10 Ways You Can Help Keep Kids Connected With Books
Tips for adults to help nurture a lifelong love of reading.

Read-Aloud Booktalks
A simple way to get kids reading more. Try one!

Book Discussion Starter Tips
A well-timed expression of interest and encouragement goes a long way toward reinforcing the importance of reading.


 
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Students Can Make the World a Better Place with Clifford's BIG Ideas!

BE BIG!Scholastic continues its Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG™ campaign – which invites families and educators to take action and raise awareness for how Clifford's BIG ideas (Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be A Good Friend, Help Others, Be Truthful, Be Kind and Believe In Yourself) can make the world a better place.

For the second year in a row – as part of the BE BIG In Your Community Contest – kids, teachers, classrooms, parents and community leaders can submit a BIG idea to enter for a chance to win $75,000 in community grants to be used toward implementing the winning proposal.*

There's also a new online Clifford ?Promise? campaign where kids, classrooms and families can make Clifford's BIG promise and show that small, simple actions can make the world a better place. Visit our Web site for more information about how to get students involved, ideas for organizing a service-learning project and free classroom and teaching resources, including lesson plans, printables and video clips.


 

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