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

    In This Issue:
  Copy-and-Share Tips, Tools, and Reproducibles
  Free Summer Reading Resources
  Make it a Record Summer for Reading
  Wacky Stunts Inspire Reading

  Copy-and-Share Resources

Use these copy-and-share resources in your own newsletters.
"How do you keep kids reading over the summer?" is an often-asked question at schools across the nation.

Principal to Principal, written by and for principals who want to spread the joy of reading, has plenty of free resources to keep your students reading while school's out.

Feel free to copy and share any of these articles and resources in your own school newsletters.

For Families:

Summer Writing
Read about three easy activities to help build writing skills and prepare your child for school next fall.

Prevent the Summer Slide
Francie Alexander, Scholastic's Chief Academic Officer, shares tips for preventing the summer slide.

Are We There Yet? Make Literacy a Part of Your Family Vacation

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

For Teachers:

Book Activities for the End of the School Year
Look back, and then plan ahead for a summer of reading.

Developing Relationships
Ideas for encouraging parent-teacher collaboration.

Summer Learning Ideas
Activities to help students reminisce and bring conclusion to your class.

 Free Summer Reading Resources

Scholastic Summer Challenge
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a FREE summer-long literacy program designed to motivate all children to read four or more books over the break.

Your students can visit to find great books to read, discover new authors, and talk about books with other kids. They can make a difference too, by helping other children in need through Save the Children's U.S. programs.

Visit our Web site now to find free summer reading resources, and encourage your students to join the Scholastic Summer Challenge!

Principals: Save up to 80% off books at our BIG Event Warehouse Book Sale.

See how the Be Big in Your Community Contest encourages citizenship.

Hot Topics
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Upload your 'wacky stunt' video on SchoolTube

Students Read for the World Record
Read for the World Record
Make it a record summer for reading, and join schools across the nation to Read for the World Record!

The Scholastic Book Fairs Read for the World Record challenge unites students to read in an attempt to set a world record for summer reading. Kids simply choose books they want to read, and then they log their summer reading minutes at from now until August 31, 2009.

All minutes read will count toward the world record for summer reading. And the best part is, the record will be published in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records! Plus, the top 20 schools with the most minutes read will be featured in the book.

The Read for the World Record challenge began May 1, so start rallying your school now!


'Do the Wacky Stunt' Week, May 18 – 22
SchoolTube Video
Do the Wacky Stunt Week kicks off May 18, and across the nation, principals, assistant principals, and other educators will be doing some pretty wacky things to call attention to the importance of reading...all in an attempt to inspire more kids to pick up a book.

From eating fried worms and sumo wrestling to dyeing their hair blue or taking a wild ride on a motorcycle, principals are going to great lengths to promote reading.

It's not too late to participate – simply visit to sign up. And to see what other schools have done, or to share a video or photos of your stunt, be sure to visit SchoolTube.


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