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FROM RAISING A READER ASPEN TO PARACHUTE
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STAFF UPDATE @ RAR4KIDS
Former staff members Samantha and Danika have moved on.  Below you can see who will be contacting you and helping with your program this year. 
SILT-PARACHUTE:
ROB DOLAN

* 970-201-2423
rob@rar4kids.org
BASALT: 
MONICA DE LA ESPRIELLA
* 970-987-4237
monica@rar4kids.org
CARBONDALE-GLENWOOD:
MARY MARGARET HESSE
 * 970-618-9693
marymargaret@rar4kids.org
NEW CASTLE:
LORENA SILVA
* 970-456-5623
lorena@rar4kids.org

ASPEN: 
RICK BLAUVELT, Executive Director, will be filling in for a couple of weeks! 
*970-379-0950
*rick@rar4kids.org



To learn more about us, see our biographies on our website:  Staff Biographies
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Raising A Reader Teacher Kickoffs

ASPEN- PITKIN COUNTY LIBRARY- Monday, September 12, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

RIFLE BRANCH LIBRARY- Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm

GLENWOOD SPRINGS BRANCH LIBRARY- Thursday, September 15, 2016 5:30- 7:30 pm

Details:   
Please join us for our annual Teacher Kick-off Workshops. Agenda will include:
  • The Data on Kids:  A close look at the annual Kids Count review of data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children in Colorado and locally.
  • Storybook kits for STEM learning: We will showcase a few storybooks and provide suggestions for science, technology, engineering and math lessons.
  • A brief introduction to Raising A Reader for new teachers - with suggestions and advice from experienced teachers.
We will serve a light supper.  Attendees receive 2 continuing education credits for licensing.

Invitations will be sent by email soon! 
GetReady4 Things to Get Ready for Raising A Reader! 

1. Class Roster- the sooner your coordinator gets this the better! 
2. Dates for Parent Orientation, Fall Parent Night and one for Spring too if you are thinking that far in advance. 
3. Brainstorm for Red Bag Launch- ask your coordinator for some ideas! 
4. Do you need replacement books or materials?  




BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK SUGGESTION  BookSuggestion

Monsters Love School is a great book to get kids back in the mood for school!  It is full of funny text and bright pictures that will delight your class.     

Suggested Craft:   Make a monster mask out of a paper plate so that your students can be school-monsters of their own!  
Summer Success! 

When school is out, we are still working hard to make the Raising A Reader program a success.  This summer we were the recipient of the Ride the Rockies Community Grant.  The $5,000.00 grant will help us continue to engage parents more deeply in literacy development.  Thank you Ride the Rockies and the Denver Post Community Foundation! 
WE HOPE YOU HAVE HAD A GREAT SUMMER... WE ARE EXCITED FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF RAISING A READER! 

Before we get back to work, we hope you will take a chance in these final summer days to do something JUST FOR YOU since we know once the school year begins, the pace will get fast and furious.

Some inspiration....
  • Take a hike
  • Get a final summer pedicure
  • Cook or bake something special
  • Read a book (a fun one!) or listen to one on tape, through Audible, or check one out through the online library app Overdrive
  • Go on a scenic drive
  • Watch a sunset (or sunrise) from start to finish
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member...yes, a letter...not an email!! 

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: 


ParentConnection PARENT CONNECTION:  

Below is a short segment that you could easily add to any newsletter you might send to parents.  We are really trying to connect with parents and help you connect with them through Raising A Reader.   Use it if you would like!  

PARENT NEWSLETTER NUGGET: 
Getting back into school mode after the summer can be a bit of a challenge.   Consider the following activities to help your child get excited for school: 
1. School supply treasure hunt---hide all the supplies you have bought around the house and then have your child go find them and put them in their back pack.  
2. Print pictures of the summer and create a summer memory book or collage to take with them to school to show their friends. 
3.   Start reading "back to school" themed books.  Some good titles include:   First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen and Daniel X. Hanna, and B Bear & Lolly off to School by A. A. Livingston and Joey Chou. 

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute | P.O. Box 2533, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 | 970-230-9117 |   info@rar4kids.org | rar4kids.org
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