Thank you to all of our families for helping make our Scholastic "Wild West" Book Fair a very successful one!
The week before the book fair we collected loose change in the classrooms for the All For Books Program. Each teacher was able to purchase books for their classroom with what their class collected. The total loose change donations was $585.85. This amount got added to our sales for the book fair which gave us a grand total of $5,798.43!!
In addition to the All for Books collection, $25.00 in gift certificates were purchased and 52 books totaling $398.46 were purchased for our teachers from their classroom wishlists.
Our school library received $1,335.91 in new books and has earned $1,853.23 in additional Scholastic Dollars to use in the future at Scholastic's Resource catalog or warehouse sale.
The 3rd grade class won the Bingo game and earned $20 for Mrs. Lein's classroom. Jimmy Longstaff was the winner of the guessing game (554 jolly ranchers and he guessed 537) and earned $15.00 in books.
A special thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up on Tuesday and pack-up on Sunday. Thank you to our teachers for your cooperation and participation in various book fair events. On behalf of the teachers and staff at St. Matthew Catholic School, THANK YOU!!
We are excited to announce that SMCS now has a “Little Free Library” inside our school and it is located on the main floor, right outside of Mrs.O’Shea’s office. SMCS was able to purchase this book sharing shelf with Scholastic Dollars from our 2016 book fair.
We will talk about how the Little Free Library works during library class but wanted to share with parents and ask you to help remind your children that it is a book sharing shelf and to remember the “take a book, leave a book” motto so we always have a nice variety of books for everyone to enjoy.
Parents and students are welcome to come in and visit the Little Free Library at the end of each school day.
SMCS Accelerated Reader
Reward and Incentive Program
Accelerated Reader (AR) is software for primary and secondary schools used for monitoring the practice of reading. It was created by Renaissance Learning, Inc. and AR will be used in grades 2-8 at SMCS this year. How does it work? A student reads an AR book (from the library, home, classroom, etc.) and then takes the AR quiz in the classroom or computer lab. Points are earned based on their quiz score. All our library books have been labeled with the AR reading level range on the spine. On the inside cover of each book, the exact AR reading level and quiz Point Value is written. (Example: AR 4.3 PV 4.0)
In order to become excellent readers and at the same time get excited about reading, we want to reward the students who read and take AR quizzes with an incentive program. Teachers will assist students in setting their point goal for each 9 week quarter. At the end of each quarter, those students who achieve their AR goal will be rewarded. Rewards will vary each quarter with a bigger reward at the end of the school year. Last year 50 students earned a trip to watch the Royals play for “School Day at the K”! We will offer that opportunity again this year.
We are ready to kick off a new year and our “All Star Readers” will be featured on our Accelerated Reader bulletin board located near the library. Goal Achievers will be recognized as follows:
Reach 25% of goal and be a Rising Reader
Reach 50% of goal and be a Steady Reader
Reach 75% of goal and be a Soaring Reader
Reach 100% of goal and be a All Star Reader - prize will be awarded
Criteria for becoming eligible to earn the Royals trip is as follows:
2 Students - Most Points Earned in 2017-18
1 Student - Most Improved Reader in 2017-18
2 Students - Goal Achiever all 4 Quarters (drawing during library class to decide)
1 Student - 4th Quarter Goal Achiever (drawing during library class to decide)
We will offer “Early Bird Readers” again this year where students can take a quiz before school from 7:30-8:00 with Mrs. Otting on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday!