Sunningdale takes part in Family Literacy Day activities
Family Reading Challenge takes reading to a new level
With three young kids attending Sunningdale Elementary School, Const. Shawn Mohle knows the importance of reading to his children.
"It's very important for me and my wife, even though we both have fulltime jobs, to make sure we read to our kids every day," said the Moose Jaw Police Service officer. "It 's our job."
Cst. Mohle was one of about 20 Prairie South School Division and community members who took an hour out of their Tuesday morning to read to Sunningdale students on Family Literacy Day.
Having spent four years as a school community resource officer, Cst. Mohle thought he was received well by the three classes he read to – two of which his kids were in.
"I think they related to the fun stories, and we laughed and cheered," he said.
According to Sunningdale principal Steve Michaluk, being part of a national awareness day geared toward literacy is important, but he noted the school pushes reading on a daily basis.
However, there is an emphasis during its Family Reading Challenge, lasting this week.
"Hopefully each night parents are sitting down with their children – listening to them read and taking turns reading with them," said Michaluk.
He also noted that during the challenge, the school asks students to count the number of pages they read during the week. The numbers are then tallied and prizes – donated from the School community Council and the Sunningdale/VLA Community Association – to the top readers will be awarded.
At last year's Family Reading Challenge, Sunningdale students, their siblings and parents read more than 67,000 pages in a wide variety of books.
"We're not only counting the pages that the kids read, but those of the entire family," said Michaluk.
He told the Times-Herald that the school has its work cut out in order to surpass the 2014 total, but he hopes the prospect of prizes will push the students to make a point of reading this week.
Students in Laurie Helling 's Grade 2 class explained why they think literacy is important.
Kasen Watterson said, "It helps you understand what you are reading."
While Eric Swalm noted, "Reading helps you figure out new things because all stories have a message."
Later in the day, Sunningdale students also participated in a number of literacy games, including Boggle and Scrabble.
Times-Herald reporter Nathan Liewicki reads to Danielle Gossard's Grade 2/3 class at Sunningdale Elementary School on Tuesday morning. Liewicki was one of about 20 Prairie South and community members reading to Sunningdale students as part of Family Literacy Day.
Article courtesy of the Moose Jaw Times Herald.
Monday, January 12: Early Dismissal Day
It's an Early Dismissal Day at Prairie South Schools!
Schools will dismiss one hour early today, and every second or third Monday. This pattern will continue until the end of June. The early dismissals allow our teachers to work together in teams to address student learning. These teams are referred to as Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) and will be a key part of school goals. An abundance of research shows that when teachers work collaboratively, student learning improves as the specific needs of students at our school are addressed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the LITs, please do not hesitate to contact your local school. We look forward to an exciting year of learning together!
Upcoming Early Dismissal Days:
March 2, 23
April 13, 27
May 11, 25
January 2015 Board Meeting - Live Stream
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Welcome to 2015!
A warm welcome back to school as Prairie South staff and students head back to classes after the holiday break.
Happy Holidays!From the Board and Staff at Prairie South Schools,
May the joy of the holiday season
be yours throughout the New Year!
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The office will be closed on
Thursday, December 25th
Friday, December 26th
Thursday, January 1st
In addition, we will be closing at 4:00pm from December 22nd through January 2nd.