Mrs. Lafreniere and Mrs. Hawkins, Proud Reading Teachers of NSES

North Smithfield Elementary School will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day on February 16, 2017! There is substantial research to support the practice of reading aloud to children, but quite simply, reading aloud is a commercial for reading…it offers children the opportunity to enjoy the magic of reading and motivates them to want to read more.  When we read aloud to children, we create a shared experience that is treasured and creates a community of readers.

Our classrooms at NSES will be hosting and welcoming a variety of community members to come and share a favorite story. We truly want to emphasize the idea that we are creating a community of readers by asking our community to share the love of reading with us.

If you have questions about our day or would like more information, please feel free to contact Tracy Lafreniere at tlafreniere@northsmithfieldschools.com.  We are so looking forward to this fantastic day!

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Twitter: @TracyLafreniere

Blog: nsesreadingblog.wordpress.com

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying a fabulous start to 2017.  I am just returning from maternity leave. My second son Levi was born in September and I was fortunate enough to be home with him for three months. Although I miss him terribly every day, I am excited to be back and to reconnect with my students, families, and my friends at NSES.

One of my resolutions is to add more updates to this blog.  If you are visiting, you may notice that the last update was in September…adding a baby to the family certainly adds time constraints to blog posting!  If you have any suggestions about blog topics or would like me to post about anything in particular, please feel free to email me at tlafreniere@northsmithfieldschools.com and I would be happy to meet your needs.

One trend we have been noticing at NSES is the increased need for literacy intervention for students.  There are many theories about why this might be the case. Increased class size, less paraprofessional support, increased student need upon entering Kindergarten, higher standards – all these factors play a role and while it’s worth having a conversation about how we can address some of those issues, ultimately what we need right now is help.  We have two Reading Specialists at NSES and one Title I Reading Specialist to support Kindergarten, and although we service a significant number of students, there are always more that need support.  Some may only need a small amount of extra practice, a small boost, to help them become proficient readers.

This is why we are asking for your help.  If you or anyone you know has a few extra hours each week to work directly with students in the area of literacy, we would be more than grateful for your assistance. We are going to be setting up a specialized training session to specifically teach and support our literacy volunteers to work with students in the areas of reading and writing. I am including the information from our principal, Diane Jolin, below.  You may contact her (or me) with any questions regarding the training or the volunteer position.

Again, I am glad to be back with you and look forward to staying connected in 2017!

Best,

Tracy (tlafreniere@northsmithfieldschools.com)

Flyer: NSES Partners in Literacy Flyer

NSES Partners in Literacy Program


Volunteers Needed!


We are looking for volunteers to help NSES  first grade students. If you cannot volunteer but you know someone in the community who might like to help, please let them know about this fulfilling opportunity!

Volunteers would come in and listen to a student read books, practice sight words and practice letters, one student at a time.  They would work with as many students as possible within a one hour time slot.  We would like the volunteers to come in every week at the same time.  Volunteers could come in and help one, two or three times per week. The one hour time slot would be in the morning sometime between 8:45-11:30.

  • No classroom experience is needed.
  • Read with one or two students 60 minutes a week.
  • Receive ongoing training and support.
  • Make a difference in the life of a child and the life of the school.

If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the section below and return to Diane Jolin, Principal, at North Smithfield Elementary School, by Friday, January 13, 2017. Questions about the training can be forwarded to Mrs. Jolin at 401-765-2260 or djolin@northsmithfieldschools.com.

DEADLINE for reply is January 13, 2017.

____ I will participate in the reading intervention training

Name:________________________

Phone #:______________________   Email: ______________________

 

 

Today was one of our favorite days of the year- the day we celebrate all the reading that the students at NSES did this summer!  Here are some quick stats about the Summer Reading Challenge:

  • Overall, the students at NSES read 54,695 minutes – that’s 912 hours!
  • Students in Kindergarten read 3,190 minutes or 53 hours!
  • Students in Grade 1 read 8,335 minutes or 139 hours!
  • Students in Grade 2 read 23,438 minutes or 390 hours – wow!
  • Students in our 2 third grades read 19,732 minutes or 329 hours!

To celebrate, we held a gathering this morning where we shared some of our favorite books.  Each student who participated received a certificate, pencil, and applause (of course!).  We honored our top grade level readers with a gift card to Barnes and Noble.  We ended our celebration with a short dance party, because every celebration needs a little music!  See some pictures below of our top readers as well as some photos of our celebration.

Remember, reading is something we can celebrate every day!  We’re hoping to keep our enthusiasm for reading high as we enter the 2015-2016 school year…let us know what your favorite books are and we’ll share!

Mrs. Jolin with Emily Smith, our top Kindergarten reader who read 1200 minutes this summer!

Mrs. Jolin with Emily Smith, our top Kindergarten reader who read 1200 minutes this summer!

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Mrs. Jolin with Brielle Baillargeon, our top Grade 1 reader who read 1,500 minutes this summer!

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Mrs. Jolin with our top Grade 2 reader, Amelia Marseglia who read 1,740 minutes this summer!

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Mrs. Jolin with our top Grade 3 reader, Teagan McMahon who read 6,930 minutes this summer – that’s 116 hours!

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Summer Reading Rocks!

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Those smiles are because these girls love to read!

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Amelia loves to read!

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Helping us celebrate with some dancing!

Yay!  Today we held an assembly for all students at NSES to launch our 2015 Summer Reading Challenge!  Students are challenged to read at least 60 minutes per week (or more!) during school vacation.  Students who complete this challenge will be invited to a special celebration in the fall and they will have a chance to win prizes for all their effort.

We also had Miss Renee, the North Smithfield Public Librarian, visit as a guest speaker to talk about her special summer reading program.  All the reading you do can count for both our programs! You can check out the special public library programs and activities at NS Public Library.

Look for your special Reading Log and pledge for the Summer Reading Challenge coming home today.  You can also complete the reading log online using the tabs at the top of this page.

Like any skill, practice makes better and reading practice is always fun.  Look for our announcement about the NSES Book Swap next week…..we want to be sure everyone has plenty of books to read, read, read!

I subscribe to several teaching related blogs and the one I read this morning (and included below) reminded me what we need to do for our reluctant readers every day. Although it may be frustrating to constantly push reluctant readers to read, it is something we need to do and do cheerfully, consistently, and tenaciously.  It’s exactly what they need from us.

Practiced Avoidance 

by Lori Sabo

You are going to judge me and you will be completely justified in doing so.

I have a shoulder impingement injury. I have been assigned stretches and exercises, which if practiced daily will lessen the pain and bring back my range of movement, yet I don’t do them. They aren’t very hard. They don’t even take very long. I don’t have a single good reason for avoiding them.

How is it better to live with stabs of pain so intense that I go from being a normal woman to one with circling cartoon stars of pain above my head? How is it better to live for months, careful not to make movements that cause mind-numbing, nearly faint-inducing pain? It isn’t. I get it. It isn’t.

All of you with healthy bodies are thinking, That doesn’t make sense. Just do the moves and get better. And you are right. See, I knew you’d judge me.

But until one of my loved ones steps in to hold me accountable, or until I decide that I am tired of the complete lack of improvement, the stretchy purple band and illustrated list of moves collects dust while I practice avoidance.

So now I know.

Now I know and can relate to that special brand of reluctant reader who wants to be proficient, but doesn’t read. They have what they need in their book boxes, but avoid engaging with text. They are given time to practice, but don’t use it. It doesn’t make any sense. And time after time, they shrug and say they don’t know why they don’t read, they just don’t.

But being a nonreader is a pain inducing experience we can’t allow. So until our reluctant readers become voracious and independent readers, we must assess accurately, instruct wisely, support and scaffold brilliantly, check in with daily, cheer on optimistically, and tenaciously impart the message that reading is a superpower they must have for themselves. No judgment, just understanding and the message that they are too important to let slip through the cracks