Drop Everything and Read: TASIS Elementary School Celebrates its First Book Week
Posted 04/25/2016 02:00PM

TASIS Elementary School celebrated its first annual Book Week with a series of fun events during the week of April 18–22.

The week kicked off with a special assembly on Monday, in which the Book Week leadership team—composed of Literacy Coordinator and English Language Arts teacher Samantha Nijenhuis and fifth graders Dias, Feliks, Alyssa, Giorgia, and Piero—introduced the calendar of events for the week, teachers led two short reader’s theaters, and members of the first grade explained Read to Feed, a program that motivates children to read and inspires them to build a better world.

On Tuesday, all students had their first opportunity to order books through the Usborne School Book Fair, which was organized by Elementary School librarian Alyssa Uecker and hosted on campus Tuesday–Thursday. Students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first grade participated in a door-decorating contest while students in grades 2-5 enjoyed an exciting book treasure hunt. “We dashed from one room to another completing challenges just like sharks eating fish!” wrote Constantine, a third grader.

Wednesday brought the always-popular Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R) activity. All students flocked outside at 13:40 and spent 30 minutes reading a book of their choice while making themselves comfortable with pajamas, pillows, and blankets.

Thursday was Poem in your Pocket Day, in which both students and teachers selected a favorite poem (or wrote an original one) and carried it their pockets. Teachers and students asked one another to share their poems throughout the day.

On Friday, students and teachers came to school dressed up as their favorite book characters. Older Elementary School students were also assigned younger Book Buddies and read stories to them throughout the day.

Mrs. Nijenhuis was very pleased with how the inaugural Book Week went and looks forward to organizing it again next year. “The teachers were really positive, and the kids had a great time,” she said. “The culminating activities on Friday made for an excellent finale, and the feedback has been great from everyone.” (Several of the first graders even wrote letters to Mrs. Nijenhuis to express their appreciation!)


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