Dear School 46 Families,
We hope you had a wonderful holiday! We ask you to join us in being thankful for our wonderful partners who engage with our children throughout our Expanded Learning Day. Please join me in thanking our City Recreation, Mercier Literacy, Nazareth College and Rochester AmeriCorps members for the work they do with our children.
In addition, remember this week Saturday, December 7th, 2013 is our annual Holiday Bazaar 9-5pm. Also, for your information, members of School 46 will be supporting the Salvation Army Red Kettle program as a Service Learning Project. They will be at Marketplace Mall on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9pm, located near Macy’s at the entrance across from Jared’s Jewelers. These are both great opportunities to shop…and support our school!
We congratulate the new Student Council members who were elected by their peers on Nov. 5th. The new members are:
Vice President-Leila Rizvanovic
Secretary- Naimah Coleman
We look forward to their leadership and advocacy on behalf of our students and school community.
I wanted to share some important information on the importance of reading at home. A preponderance of research, including that done by Cynthia and Drew Johnson states “getting our students to read more may be the most valuable thing you can do to improve their vocabulary. Further, although direct instruction plays a crucial part in vocabulary growth, most of the words your children learn will be acquired through incidental learning, as they read on their own. Evidence shows that wide reading is the main avenue for students’ word acquisition. Researchers present the following scenario to demonstrate the effectiveness of wide reading.
Ø If over a school year a fifth-grader reads for an hour each day, five days a week, in and out of school at a conservative rate of 150 words per minute, the student will encounter 2,250,000 words in the course of reading.
Ø If 2 to 5 percent of the words the student encounters are unknown words, he or she will encounter from 45,000 to 112,500 new words.
Ø We know that students learn between 5 and 10 percent of previously unknown words from a single reading. Using the lower number given above for unknown words encountered during the reading program, we see that a student would learn at least 2,250 new words from context each year.”
This is powerful research and support for our home-school wide reading incentive. Please support your child’s vocabulary by encouraging and supporting our Home Reading Incentive-Whoooo’s Reading at School #46. Please turn in the calendars to your child’s teacher and monitor their participation. Stay tuned for public acknowledgement and TOGETHER let’s encourage our Scholarly Owls to S.O.A.R. Remember, at School #46 Scholarly Owls Always Read!