Reading really is fundamental at Jefferson Primary School. Students are learning how a love of reading and books means they will never have a boring day. The stories can take them to faraway places filled with excitement and adventure. Reading will improve their spelling, grammar, vocabulary and knowledge. More than anything, reading is fun.
Jefferson’s Reading Night was provided students with just such fun. “Our reading specialists, Allison Muradyan and Lisa Sejarto continued with our pick-a-reading partner theme of ‘Unbox the Magic of Reading’ when planning for our Reading Night,” Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide said. “We invited families both in-person and virtually where they unboxed the magic of reading while listening to the book, ‘Butterflies for Kiri’ by Cathryn Falwell.”
The evening also saw families create origami butterflies, designed butterfly patterns and completed a writing response to literature. “Over 100 people attended in-person with a nice-sized presence online as well,” Ms. Capitulo-Saide said.
Children’s author and district resident Helen Murdock-Prep also made a special appearance, sharing her book “Rainy Day Friends” with Jefferson families.
“A special thank you to Jefferson teachers Amanda Adrion, Yilijhoan Callahan and Julie Dooher, teacher aides Maria Lindo and Dennys Vinas and our neighborhood aide, Minerva Cortes for their help with our special night,” Ms. Capitulo-Saide said.
Jefferson students are increasingly learning that simply by picking up a book, they can time travel to different eras in world history and put themselves smack in the middle of exciting events. They can transport themselves to the other side of the world and experience new places, peoples, cultures and all that goes with it. They can get to know exciting people from every walk of life.