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Dear Beit Rabban Community,
It's People of the Book Month at Beit Rabban! This month we celebrate our passion for reading. It is a time to model this love for our children, to be inspired by each other to make more time for reading, and to encourage daily reading habits. There are multiple components of People of the Book Month, including:
People of the Book Month is also taking place in each of our classrooms. Each grade spent time brainstorming and then selecting a special People of the Book Month activity they can do to increase how much their class reads. Teachers in each class are also facilitating a community meeting among their students to teach conventions for interacting on the read-a-thon website. Using curricula from Common Sense Media (which we use to teach Digital Citizenship in the Chativah), elementary school teachers are facilitating conversations about how to ensure that we live in accordance with our values when we are online. We also recommend reading through the "Parents Need to Know" tab on Common Sense Media for more guidance on how to help your child develop healthy habits online. This read-a-thon is a great opportunity to start these conversations with your children in the context of a real online experience that is scaffolded for children.
I would also like to mention that the Whoo’s Reading program has a leaderboard component, where kids can see who has read the most in each class and school-wide. In past years, there has always been a financial leaderboard as well, showing which student raised the most money for the school. This year we worked with the platform to hide the financial leaderboard, leaving only the one that shows how much time students have read. While this program is an important fundraiser, we want kids to be able to participate with joy irrespective of how much they are able to raise. We also recognize that the amount that different families raise does not necessarily correlate to their level of commitment to our school. For those parents who are eager to fundraise with their children, this is a nice way to introduce the school to your family and friends who would not otherwise have cause to support us. It is also an opportunity to discuss fundraising in general with your children: why you support organizations you care about and what are the different types of organizations and initiatives that are important to your family.
We hope that all of you will take part in some or all of of these activities designed to celebrate reading as a community while also supporting our school’s fundraising efforts. After all, they don't call us People of the Book for nothing.
Wishing all a restful and rejuvenating Shabbat,
P.S. Here's my shameless attempt to solicit read-a-thon sponsors ! I recognize my unfair advantage in using this platform to engage supporters, but the children do have a lot more time on their hands to read. So, I'm effectively just leveling the playing field