Community Reading Day

Community Reading Day 2017 Thursday, March 16 & Friday, March 17 (2nd Grade)


Book Title:  I’m Gonna Like Me By Jamie Lee Curtis (Author), Laura Cornell (Illustrator)

Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl’s and a boy’s, Jamie Lee Curtis’s triumphant text and Laura Cornell’s lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. This is an inspired book to rejoice in and share. I’m Gonna Like Me will have kids letting off some self-esteem in no time! 

Kindergarten Community Readers

Spiczka AM 10:10-10:40 Mrs. Kate Middlemiss President, Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation
Spiczka PM 1:00-1:30 Chief Steele McCurdy  Groton Fire Dept
Kavanagh 10:10-10:40 Ms. Audrey Trieschman & Piper (therapy dog) Pets & People Foundation
Taylor 10:10-10:40 Ms. Rachel Robinson & Ms. Amanda Ciampi Swim Teachers, Goldfish Swim School


First Grade

Book Title :   Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler

When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her students to miss recess, she’s got a special plan up her sleeve.  She’s about to teach a new golden rule:  KINDNESS IS COOL!!  Soon the entire class is doing so many good deeds that their kindness bulletin board barely fits their classroom. From clearing the table after dinner, to helping others, her class is proving that kids really can make a difference.  Count along with Mrs. Ruler’s class. Can all their good deeds really add up to 100 acts of kindness?   

Activity-Each student will be given a heart to write an act of kindness on and decorate.  Each class was challenged to come up with 100 acts of kindness to do in their school, at home or in the community.

First Grade Community Readers

Cragg 10:10-10:45 Dr. Mark Francis Pediatrician, Pediatrics West in Groton
Lanctot 10:10-10:45 Ms. Patricia Stern Director, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
Riley 10:10-10:45 Ms. Shelly Sullivan Owner, Luina Greine Farm
Wilkins 10:10-10:45 Officer Rachel Mead Groton Police Dept.
Rider 10:10-10:45 Ms. Betsy Bridge & Shriver (therapy dog) Pets & People Foundation


Second Grade  (Friday March 17th)

Book Title:  The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot is a beautiful story about a girl named Vashti who is encouraged by her teacher to take a risk.  Vashti does not believe she can draw.  She is filled with self-doubt until her teacher gently persuades her to, “just make a mark and see where it takes you.” This inspirational story shows how one reluctant learner gains self-esteem with just one dot.     

Activity-each student was given a blank sheet of paper with a frame printed on it.  They were asked to “make their mark” by drawing whatever they wanted.  

Second Grade Community Readers

McEvoy 10:45-11:15 Officer Kevin Henehan Groton Police Dept & Flo Ro Parent
Benkley 10:45-11:15 Ms. Bonnie Marchesani President, Arts Nashoba
Hoke/Johnson 10:45-11:15 JoAnn Tunnessen & Rolo (therapy dog) Pets & People Foundation
Miln 10:45-11:15 Captain Susan Daly Groton Fire Dept & Flo Ro Parent
Wenz 10:45-11:15 Ms. Joni Parker-Roach Owner/Teacher NOA Gallery & School of Fine Art


Third Grade

Book Title: Hey, Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. This conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?  Activity-each student will be asked to write their ending to the book.


Third Grade Community Readers

Crowley/Green 11:00-11:30 Ms. Donna Shea Author, Social Coach & Director, Peter Pan Center
Fournier 11:00-11:30 Officer Nick Beltz & Lola (police dog) Groton Police Dept
Guernsey 11:00-11:30 Mr. Jeff Kubick Groton-Dunstable School Committee
Pierantozzi 11:00-11:30 Ms. Natina Perotti Groton Dunstable Education Foundation
Smith 11:00-11:30 Mr. Yuval Gonen Board Member, Groton Community Dinners


Fourth Grade

Book Title: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. This inspirational book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity.

Activity-students will be asked to write about a time when they found something difficult and how they overcame it.

Fourth Grade Community Readers

Clark 10:15-10:45 Mr. Shawn Smith General Manager, Lowell Spinners Baseball
Mills 10:15-10:45 Captain Susan Daly Groton Fire Dept & Flo Ro Parent
Nissi 10:15-10:45 Mr. Bob Colman Program Director, The Groton Channel
Potter/Smith 10:15-10:45 Mr. James Lin Principal, Groton Dunstable Middle School
Roundtree 10:15-10:45 Ms. Becky Werner School Groups Manager, Discovery Museum