At Heathcote, we select a new book every month. The topics and "gentle messages" are wide and varied. They may reflect something happening at school, or in current events. Sometimes, we will celebrate a person or event, or we may discuss community values or share a fun book simply for the joy of reading. All of the books are intended to highlight something special and bring joy to our lives. Recommendations from students, teachers and parents are always welcome.
Every month, I deliver the book and a letter of introduction to each classroom. Until delivery time, the title of the book remains a closely guarded secret. Students know that this is a special delivery and are usually quite excited to learn the title of the new book. It may be a newly published title, or an "oldie but a goodie." The classroom teacher reads the book to the class and students are invited to respond. Teachers select student responses to share with the school community on the Book ofthe Month bulletin board located near the gym. It is truly amazing to read responses to the same book from kindergarten to fifth grade. Next time you are in the building, please stop by to see it. Now that you know, don't forget to ask your child about the new book every month. Ask them to share their thoughts with you and your family!
Thank you for helping us build our learning community.
Maria R. Stile,