February is "Love of Reading Month," and Sterling Elementary is kicking off the celebration. "Read with Me," the 2004 community reading challenge has begun. Students were issued the challenge with a "Passport to Reading" card by Title I tutors, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Lyons, as well as Clifford the Big Red Dog. For the next two weeks, students will be awarded points for activities described in the passport. Many of the activities can be done at home with their families. For more information, contact Mrs. Lyons or Mrs. Evans.
Community members also are encouraged to volunteer 15 to 20 minutes of a day to come to a classroom and participate by reading with a student at school. Two local high school seniors will visit Sterling Elementary on a regular basis for the next five weeks teaching American sign language. Nick Barnes of Kenai Central High School and Corinne Kubena of Soldotna High School will volunteer their experience and knowledge for three days each week teaching younger students how to "sign."
Ms. Dierick's class is reviewing prefixes, suffixes and contractions. Students will concentrate on the main idea of a story. In writing, they will continue learning about famous black Americans and learning about nutrition and the body's digestion system. They also will learn about geometry for their math unit.
Ms. Wimmer's fifth-graders are taking to reading beyond their normal amount of time each day. Their "30 minute club," keeping track of the exact amounts of time they read each day of the week, started Sunday. If the class reads 30 minutes every day after school work and homework are done, they will be rewarded with an after-school party with Ms. Wimmer going sledding, eating snacks, watching movies and playing games. The reading reward celebration will be at the end of February.
The awards assembly for February will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Students, parents and family members are welcome.
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