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One School, One Book

| January 5, 2017

Click here for a calendar outlining the pacing of reading.

Forts Ferry Elementary School is embarking on a new program during the month of January that will create excitement for reading, build our school community and forge ties with those at home. The program is called “One School, One Book” and it was launched during a school assembly.

“One School, One Book” means exactly as it is written. We have adopted one book that the entire school will read at the same time. Today every child received a copy of the same book – “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special program over the next month.

Generally the children will be asked to read certain pages a day/night – about 15 minutes per day/night.   All students and staff members will be reading the same pages each day/night. In school, your child will be asked to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward great listening and reading. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating details of the story. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can feel included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about “The One and Only Ivan”. In some classrooms, the teacher may request that the book remain in school and is read with the students in class. If this is the case with your child, you can ask him/her questions about the book each evening.

“One School, One Book” is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will be listening to and reading the same book. Strange and daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Children benefit when having something read to them even if the reading material is above their reading level.  Also, we believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students as well as captivating older children.

I would like to express appreciation to the Forts Ferry PTA for their support of this program and for making it happen. I would also like to thank our three reading specialists who designed the calendar and activities – Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. VanHatten.

Good luck! I hope to talk with you and your child sometime during the month about the mighty silverback gorilla, Ivan, and all his friends and acquaintances at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. “When a whole school reads a book, there is a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can building a community of readers at our school.


Principal Candace H. Lobdell, PhD.

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