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